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Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Woman

This is a challenge to post every day in April (except on Sundays) blogging thematically from A to Z. Go HERE for details. My A-Z theme this year is Greek Mythology inspired by the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan that I recently read.  Please be aware that what I write is my interpretation of my findings and may not necessarily be accurate are straight quotes.
Also, "Featured Book" at the end of these posts are books I've reviewed in this book blog, coinciding with the letter of the day.
John William Waterhouse: Pandora, 1896

Pandora (first Woman):

  • In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth.
  • Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her, so he did—using water and earth.
  • The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena clothed her, Aphrodite gave her beauty, and Hermes gave her speech.
  • When Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Epimetheus, Prometheus' brother.
  • With her, Pandora was given a beautiful container – with instructions not to open it under any circumstance.
  • Impelled by her curiosity (given to her by the gods), Pandora opened it, and all evil contained therein escaped and spread over the earth.
  • She hastened to close the container, but the whole contents had escaped, except for one thing that lay at the bottom – the Spirit of Hope named Elpis.
  • Pandora, deeply saddened by what she had done, feared she would have to face Zeus' wrath, since she had failed her duty; however, Zeus did not punish Pandora, because he knew this would happen.


Featured Book:

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

My Rating: 4


  1. Great to see a post dedicated to Pandora. Her story must have been one of the first Greek myths I was ever told.

  2. I love the picture you chose for this one. It's that moment just before all hell breaks free.

  3. Very cool! I didn't know any of that. Interesting how Eve's story from the Bible is very similar. I'll have to find a book on Pandora sometime. I enjoy Greek mythology, but don't know a lot about it at all.
    Cheers from Brandy at


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