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 The myth of Pandora’s box
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Pandora was the first mortal woman, breathed into being by Hephaestus, god of fire. 

 

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Curiosity: a blessing, or a curse? The paradoxical nature of this trait was personified 

for the ancient Greeks in the mythical figure of Pandora. 

According to legend, she was the first mortal woman, whose blazing 

curiosity set a chain of earth-shattering events in motion. 

Pandora was breathed into being by Hephaestus, 

God of fire, who enlisted the help of his divine companions to make her 

extraordinary.From Aphrodite she received the capacity for deep emotion; 

from Hermes she gained mastery over language. Athena gave the gift of fine 

craftsmanship and attention to detail, and Hermes gave her her name. Finally, 

Zeus bestowed two gifts on Pandora. The first was the trait of curiosity, 

which settled in her spirit and sent her eagerly out into the world. 

The second was a heavy box,ornately curved, heavy to hold – and screwed

tightly shut. But the contents,Zeus told her, were not for mortal eyes. 

She was not to open the box under any circumstance.

 

On earth,Pandora met and fell in love with Epimetheus, a talented

titan who had been given the task of designing the natural world by Zeus.

He had worked alongside his brother Prometheus, who created the first humans 

but was eternally punished for giving them fire. Epimetheus missed his brother 

desperately, but in Pandora he found another fiery-hearted soul for companionship. Pandora brimmed with excitement at life on earth. She was also easily distracted 

and could be impatient, given her thirst for knowledge and desire to question her surroundings. Often, her mind wandered to the contents of the sealed box. 

What treasure was so great it could never be seen by human eyes, and why 

was it in her care? Her fingers itched to pry it open. Sometimes she was convinced 

she heard voices whispering and the contents rattling around inside, as if straining 

to be free. Its enigma became maddening. Over time, Pandora became more and

more obsessed with the box. It seemed there was a force beyond her control that 

drew her to the contents, which echoed her name louder and louder. One day she 

could bear it no longer. Stealing away from Epimetheus, she stared at the 

mystifying box. She’d take one glance inside, then be able to rid her mind of it 

forever.But at the first crack of the lid, the box burst open. 

 

Monstrous creatures and horrendous sounds rushed out in a cloud of smoke 

and swirled around her,screeching and cackling. Filled with terror, Pandora clawed desperately at the air to direct them back into their prison. 

But the creatures surged out in a gruesome cloud. She felt a wave of

foreboding as they billowed away. Zeus had used the box as a vessel for all the

forces of evil and suffering he’d created – and once released,

they were uncontainable. As she wept, Pandora became aware of a sound echoing

from within the box. This was not the eerie whispering of demons,

but a light tinkling that seemed to ease her anguish. When she once again lifted 

the lid and peered in, a warm beam of light rose out and fluttered away. 

As she watched it flickering in the wake of the evil she’d unleashed, Pandora’s pain

was eased. She knew that opening the box was irreversible – but alongside the 

strife, she’d set hope forth to temper its effects. 

 

Today, Pandora’s Box suggests the extreme consequences of tampering 

with the unknown – but Pandora’s burning curiosity also suggests the duality 

that lies at the heart of human inquiry. 

Are we bound to investigate everything we don’t know, to mine the earth for 

more – or are there some mysteries that are better left unsolved? 

 

Questions: 

1. Who is Pandora? What gifts did she receive from the gods? 

2. For what reason Pandora opened the box? What happened when she opened it?

3. What does the story of Pandora's Box suggest?

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