Pandora’s Box Dictionary Definitions

Pandora’s box has its origin in Greek mythology that explains how humans became mortal and how all evils were installed in humanity.

According to the Greek mythology described in the poetic work of Hesiod called Theogony which means “origin of the gods”, the Titan Prometheus provokes the fury Zeus (god of Olympus) by making fire known to man.

Faced with the “disobedience” of Prometheus, Zeus summons all the gods where on the one hand each one gave one of his virtues to create Pandora and on the other hand he delivered a misfortune to be kept in what would be called the “Pandora’s box ”

Pandora was sent along with the box to the land of men to seduce the brother of Prometheus called Epimetheus who falls into the squirrel and makes her his wife.

Pandora, already married to Prometheus, due to her curiosity and naivety she opens the “Pandora’s box” in the land of men spreading all the evils that the gods had stored there including, for example, diseases, death, hunger, despair, among others.

When Pandora realizes what is happening, he tries to close the box before everything comes out, locked in the background to hope . Hence the saying “hope is the last thing lost.”

In Roman mythology, the history of Pandora’s box is a bit different. Pandora is married to Epimetheus but it is Mercury, that is, the messenger Hermes for the Greeks, who gives Epimetheus the box or jar as a gift from the god Zeus on the condition of not opening it under any circumstances.

Pandora opens the box when Epimetheus is not with the difference of the Greek version that instead of leaving hope inside the box, at the last minute is released to comfort the heart of the now mortal humans.