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Zeus & the 
Great Flood
 

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Zeus & the Great Flood
Deucalion & Pyrrha & Prometheus
Ancient Greek Myths for Kids


Pandora's box had caused quite a few problems. Zeus was horrified at what had happened. After the box was opened, Zeus looked down on earth from Mount Olympus. He saw fights and riots and wars and murders. Zeus was determined to punish mankind for the terrible things he saw.  

Zeus ordered the waters to rise and flood the earth. Everyone drowned except two people. One was King Deucalion, who was considered the most honest man on earth. The other was the king's wife, Pyrrha. 

Zeus did not save them. Some say a fish whispered to gentle Pyrrha what Zeus had planned. Others say it was Prometheus who warned King Deucalion. This was the same Prometheus who had given mankind the gift of fire. King Deucalion was Prometheus' son. Prometheus could see into the future, but he had trouble explaining things clearly so that others could understand him. 

One time, when King Deucalion was visiting with his father, Prometheus told his son to build a sturdy boat and stock it well. Prometheus was sure there would be a flood. He told his son that when the waters receded, he must throw the bones of the Great Mother over his shoulder and to have his son's wife do the same. King Deucalion loved his father. He trusted his father. He did not understand all of his father's instructions, but he certainly could built a sturdy boat. And the flood came.  

King Deucalion and Pyrrha sailed away on their boat for 9 days and 9 nights. When the waters receded, the boat settled down on the tallest peak in Greece, at the very tip top of Mount Parnassus.  

King Deucalion mumbled to himself. "The earth is the Great Mother. Since the earth is the Great Mother of humans, her bones must be ...... stones!"  

King Deucalion picked up some stones and threw them over his shoulder. Magically, the stones became men! Pyrrha did the same. Her stones became women. Many stones later, the human race had started again.   

 
 
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Zeus Flood myth loosely retold by Lin Donn
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