The Story
of Pandora



Pandora's Box
Ancient Greek Myths for Kids

As the story goes ... 

Once up a time, a long time ago, there were two brothers named Epimetheus and Prometheus. They were good gods. They had good hearts. They were good friends.

One day, Prometheus got in trouble with Zeus. Because he had a kind heart, Prometheus gave man fire. Zeus was furious. Zeus had announced that man did not deserve fire. Prometheus had ignored him. As punishment, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock for many years. Then Zeus went after his brother, the gentle, kind-hearted Epimetheus. 

Zeus ordered the gods' handyman, the maker of things - Hephaestus - to make Zeus a daughter. Hephaestus made a woman out of clay, a beautiful woman. He brought her to life, and then brought her to Zeus. Zeus named his lovely new daughter Pandora. 

Zeus knew that Epimetheus was lonely. Zeus gave Pandora in marriage to the good hearted Epimetheus. 

Zeus gave the newlyweds a gift. Some say it was a jar. Some say it was a box. Whatever it was, it was locked. It came with a note. The note said: DO NOT OPEN." Attached to the note was a key. It was all very curious. 

You can guess what happened next. It was Pandora whose curiosity got the better of her. One day, she used the key to open the box. As she raised the lid, out flew all the bad things in the world today - envy, sickness, hate, disease. Pandora slammed the lid closed, but it was too late.  

Epimetheus heard her weeping. He came running. Pandora opened the lid to show him it was empty. Quickly, before she could slam the lid shut, one tiny bug flew out. He gave Pandora a big buggy smile in thanks for his freedom and flew away. That tiny bug was named Hope. And Hope made all the difference in the world.   

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Greek Myth loosely retold by
Lin Donn
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