EPIMETHEUS - Greek Titan God of Afterthought
In Greek mythology Pandora was the first mortal woman who was formed out of clay Epimetheus and the birth of Pandora | Athenian red-figure amphora C5th . to be the price for the good they had: whoever avoids marriage and the sorrows. When Epimetheus was finished with his creation, he realized he had in a roundabout fashion -- by creating a beautiful woman, Pandora. To congratulate them, Hermes came to the wedding ceremony and told Epimetheus that Pandora was a gift from Zeus, a peace-offer signifying that there were.
Epimetheus created the birds and the animals. The foolish, thoughtless brother, gave little thought to his work when creating the animals of the world.
He squandered many powerful gifts on the animals. No such gifts remained to give to mankind. However, Prometheus invented a new gift called Intelligence and it gave to men, together with the gift of fire which he stole from Zeus, in order that men would be armed against wild animals.
Epimetheus and Pandora's Box Zeus was angered by the theft of fire by Prometheus and ordered the creation of Pandora, the first woman, as a means to reduce the power of man. Despite the warnings of his brother not to accept any gifts from the gods, Epimetheus received Pandora as his bride and accepted a mysterious box which he was supposed to keep safe for the gods.
However, the curiosity of Pandora was so great that she opened the box and released a plague of harmful spirits to trouble mankind, often referred to as " The Troubles".
Only a spirit called remained behind to give Hope to the unfortunate race of men.
Pandora, the Goddess who Unleashed both Hell and Hope upon Humanity
Refer to the mythical stories of Epimetheus and Pandora and The Troubles. Facts about Epimetheus in Greek Mythology Epimetheus features in the Creation myth of the ancient Greeks which are based on the idea that these supernatural beings resembled mortals but possessed great magical and mystic powers. The following information, facts and profile provides a fast overview of Epimetheus: The function of Epimetheus is described as being the foolish god of afterthought and the creator of animals Status: A god in the second dynasty of Titans Gender: Pandora Name of Father: But when the time came that these also should be created, the gods fashioned them out of earth and fire and various mixtures of both elements in the interior of the earth; and when they were about to bring them into the light of day, they ordered Prometheus and Epimetheus to equip them, and to distribute to them severally their proper qualities.
Epimetheus said to Prometheus: There were some to whom he gave strength without swiftness, while he equipped the weaker with swiftness; some he armed, and others he left unarmed; and devised for the latter some other means of preservation, making some large, and having their size as a protection, and others small, whose nature was to fly in the air or burrow in the ground; this was to be their way of escape. Thus did he compensate them with the view of preventing any race from becoming extinct.
- Pandora, the first woman on Earth
And when he had provided against their destruction by one another, he contrived also a means of protecting them against the seasons of heaven; clothing them with close hair and thick skins sufficient to defend them against the winter cold and able to resist the summer heat, so that they might have a natural bed of their own when they wanted to rest; also he furnished them with hoofs and hair and hard and callous skins under their feet. Then he gave them varieties of food-herb of the soil to some, to others fruits of trees, and to others roots, and to some again he gave other animals as food.
The Creation of Man by Prometheus
And some he made to have few young ones, while those who were their prey were very prolific; and in this manner the race was preserved. Thus did Epimetheus, who, not being very wise, forgot that he had distributed among the brute animals all the qualities which he had to give-and when he came to man, who was still unprovided, he was terribly perplexed.
Now while he was in this perplexity, Prometheus came to inspect the distribution, and he found that the other animals were suitably furnished, but that man alone was naked and shoeless, and had neither bed nor arms of defence. The appointed hour was approaching when man in his turn was to go forth into the light of day; and Prometheus, not knowing how he could devise his salvation, stole the mechanical arts of Hephaistos Hephaestus and Athene Athenaand fire with them they could neither have been acquired nor used without fireand gave them to man.
Thus man had the wisdom necessary to the support of life, but political wisdom he had not; for that was in the keeping of Zeus, and the power of Prometheus did not extend to entering into the citadel of heaven, where Zeus dwelt, who moreover had terrible sentinels; but he did enter by stealth into the common workshop of Athene and Hephaistos, in which they used to practise their favourite arts, and carried off Hephaestus' art of working by fire, and also the art of Athene, and gave them to man.
And in this way man was supplied with the means of life. But Prometheus is said to have been afterwards prosecuted for theft, owing to the blunder of Epimetheus.
But the noble son of Iapetos Iapetus [Prometheus] outwitted him and stole the far-seen gleam of unwearying fire in a hollow fennel stalk.
And Zeus who thunders on high was stung in spirit, and his dear heart was angered when he saw amongst men the far-seen ray of fire. Forthwith he made an evil thing for men as the price of fire; for the very famous Limping God [Hephaistos Hephaestus ] formed of earth the likeness of a shy maiden as the son of Kronos Cronus [Zeus] willed.
On it was much curious work, wonderful to see; for of the many creatures which the land and sea rear up, he put most upon it, wonderful things, like living beings with voices: But when he had made the beautiful evil to be the price for the blessing, he brought her out, delighting in the finery which the bright-eyed daughter [Athene] of a mighty father had given her, to the place where the other gods and men were.
And wonder took hold of the deathless gods and mortal men when they saw that which was sheer guile, not to be withstood by men. For from her is the race of women and female kind: And as in thatched hives bees feed the drones whose nature is to do mischief--by day and throughout the day until the sun goes down the bees are busy and lay the white combs, while the drones stay at home in the covered hives and reap the toil of others into their own bellies--even so Zeus who thunders on high made women to be an evil to mortal men, with a nature to do evil.
PANDORA - The First Woman of Greek Mythology
And he gave them a second evil to be the price for the good they had: So it is not possible to deceive or go beyond the will of Zeus: Zeus in the anger of his heart hid it, because Prometheus the crafty deceived him; therefore he planned sorrow and mischief against men.
He hid fire; but that the noble son of Iapetus stole again for men from Zeus the counsellor in a hollow fennel-stalk, so that Zeus who delights in thunder did not see it.
But afterwards Zeus who gathers the clouds said to him in anger: But I will give men as the price for fire an evil thing in which they may all be glad of heart while they embrace their own destruction. And he bade famous Hephaistos Hephaestus make haste and mix earth with water and to put in it the voice and strength of human kind, and fashion a sweet, lovely maiden-shape, like to the immortal goddesses in face; and Athene Athena to teach her needlework and the weaving of the varied web; and golden Aphrodite to shed grace upon her head and cruel longing and cares that weary the limbs.
And he charged Hermes the guide, the Slayer of Argus, to put in her a shameless mind and a deceitful nature. And they obeyed the lord Zeus the son of Kronos Cronus.