Pandora In Greek Mythology

Pandora with the box
Pandora with the box


Pandora is not just a beautiful name belonging to a beautiful woman but it's also the name given to the very first woman, at least in Greek Mythology. They believed that Pandora was the first woman the Gods ever created. Each God gave her certain qualities to make her whole. Not only is she the first woman created but she also took part in one of the best known myths of Greek Mythology, one that tells of the existence of evil in the world.

Pandora's Box

I believe we have all heard about Pandora's Box. Of coarse before Pandora came along it was originally a jar. In Modern day we call it Pandora's Box. In either case it states that this jar was much like an urn that held evil gifts inside it. In Homer's Iliad Homer writers about it explaining that it stood next to another urn that was full of good gifts. They were located in Zeus's palace. These urns were said to be the ones that Zeus would use to send out to people.

No matter what is mentioned in several stories it all comes down to this jar as being the reason why there is illness here on Earth. This "Pandora's Box" is the source of all illnesses. The plagues, diseases. Basically down right evil. It was the first woman, Pandora, who opened this jar, releasing all evil upon men. She did not do this as a harmful act but rather she was curious to what laid inside.

Pandora Compared To Eve?

Yes it is true that the Greek's Pandora is compared to the biblical woman known as Eve. They hold many similarities, not just because they were the first women to be created. It was Eve who took a bite from the apple that came from the forbidden tree. This act of Eve's caused women to suffer in childbirth and resulted in many different difficulties.

They were both a rebel of sorts, showing a disobediance the a divine entity. As stated about Pandora opened the box and Eve at the apple from the forbidden tree.

In both the bible and Greek Mythology these stories of Eve and Pandora resulted in any and all suffering placed on mankind


This myth involved in the Ancient Greek Mythology has captivated me for years now. Though I many not know as much as I wished about the myth it is evident that Pandora's actions resulted in great suffering, merely because of curiosity. My question is, should we get punished because of being curious?

Pandora was the first woman created by the Gods, each taking part of her, throwing in bits and pieces like an art piece. I wonder if they could have done anything to prevent her from opening this box, or maybe help her put things together again? I know it's just mythology but sometimes the myths hold some kind of truth in them.

I suppose the saying is true. Curiosity killed the cat.

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Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

Great hub! I had no idea that the "box" was actually a jar. As far as your question goes, everyone usually gets punished for being curious, whether it's right or not, I don't know. Such a paradox!

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you for reading Daniella. It is indeed a paradox. Glad you enjoyed.

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Keep in mind too that Eve didn't actually take a bite out of an "apple" according to the Bible it was just a "fruit". The apple has long been regarded as sacred to many ancient cultures, including the Celts of Britain (hence the name of the Isle of Avalon). So it is speculated that the "fruit" that Eve took a bite of was an "apple" because the Church tried to demonize or throw negative connotation to everything that wasn't Christian...meaning the old-world Pagan beliefs. Thanks for sharing this hub, though. I have never heard the actual story of Pandora!

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Actually the idea of Eve taking a bite out of an apple comes from Milton's poem "Paradise Lost."

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Ahhh, and was he a Christian/Catholic? Seems he was. And this was written towards the end of the Burning Times. I wonder if he came up with that idea himself or did the Church inspire that use of terminology.

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Very interesting points kitty and dahoglund and very true. Thank you for bringing them up and thank you for reading.

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TKs view 4 years ago from The Middle Path

Greeting, Cresentmoon2007

This is a timely hub for me as I've been doing a bit of research about Pandora of late for a book I'm writing.

Some of what I've found regarding this story is that Zeus commanded Pandora to be formed from the clay in retaliation on Prometheus for stealing fire and giving it to man. All the gods gave some quality to Pandora including Hermes, who's gift was a deceitful mind.

Once again, the woman is blamed for leading men astray.

I do believe a woman can change a man's course, but in so doing, can enrich his life beyond where he could conceive on his own.

I've noticed your comments on a few different hubs I've been reading lately, and it seems we may share some interests.

I'll be reading more of your work.

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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

TK, if we do share the same interests then that's great. And everything you have shared with me is the same information I have gathered on Pandora as well. Thank you for reading, it's very much appreciated. Glad you liked it.

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