Aesop, Fables from Chambry 1 trans. The Good Things then asked Zeus how they could reach mankind. Zeus told them that they should not go together all at once, only one at a time. This is why people are constantly besieged by Bad Things, since they are nearby, while Good Things come more rarely, since they must descend to us from heaven one by one. This fable describes the spirits which had escaped from Pandora's jar. It also refers to the two jars set beside the throne of Zeus in the Iliad --one containing Good Things and the other Evils.
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound ff trans.
Weir Smyth Greek tragedy C5th B. Chorus : Of what sort was the cure that you found for this affliction? Prometheus : I caused blind hopes elpides to dwell within their breasts. Chorus : A great benefit was this you gave to mortals. This is presumably a reference to Pandora's jar--a curse concocted by Zeus to punish mankind for the theft of fire. Prometheus seems to be saying that he was the one who stayed Hope inside the jar when all the other spirits escaped. Sophocles, Pandora lost play C5th B. Plato, Protagoras c - a trans. Lamb Greek philosopher C4th B.
But Prometheus is said to have been afterwards prosecuted for theft, owing to the blunder of Epimetheus [i. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 1. Aldrich Greek mythographer C2nd A. Euphorion of Chalcis, Fragments trans. Page, Vol. Strabo, Geography 9. Jones Greek geographer C1st B. But speaking of it as a whole, I may say that in earlier times it was called Pyrrhaia Pyrrhaea , after Pyrrha the wife of Deukalion Deucalion. But some writers, dividing it into two parts, say that Deukalion obtained the portion towards the south and called it Pandora after his mother [i.
Pyrrha was the daughter of Pandora and wife of Deukalion.
Deukalion named various parts of Thessalia after his wife and mother-in-law. Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. Jones Greek travelogue C2nd A. Hesiod and others have sung how this Pandora was the first woman; before Pandora was born there was as yet no womankind. Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae trans. Grant Roman mythographer C2nd A. Later Vulcanus [Hephaistos], at Jove's [Zeus'] command, made a woman's form from clay. Minerva [Athene] gave it life, and the rest of the gods each gave come other gift. Because of this they named her Pandora.
She was given in marriage to Prometheus' brother Epimetheus. Pyrrha was her daughter, and was said to be the first mortal born. Nonnus, Dionysiaca 7.
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Rouse Greek epic C5th A. Would that Pandora had never opened the heavenly cover of that jar--she the sweet bane of mankind!
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