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Curiosity opened the box
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A five question quiz will be given
What does Pandora’s name mean?
Which character gave Pandora the box?
Who took her down to meet Epimetheus?
What was in the box after Pandora opened it?
What happened at the end of the story?
There are four important elements to understanding this myth
The four elements consist of
The name and origin
Setting and who was involved
The story and theme of the story
It’s influences on today’s cultures (society)
Name and Origin
Definition of the name Pandora means “All gifted”
Pan = All
Dora = Gifted
Other name in ealier times is "Anesidora", Meaning “ the sender of gifts.”
Name given to her because of all the gifts she received from the gods and goddesses.
Setting and Characters
Mount Olympia, (where she was created)
Pandora – main character
Zeus – leader to have Pandora made
Hephaestus – sculpture of Pandora’s body
Athena – gave her clothing and jewelry
Apollo – gave her the talent of music
Aphrodite – blessed her with beauty
Demeter – showed her how to tend a garden
Poseidon – gave her the ability to never drown & pearl necklace
Hera – gave her curiosity
Hermes - gave her cunning, boldness and charm, then gave Pandora a box
Prometheus – was the one Zeus wanted revenge on
Epimetheus – Was given Pandora as a wife
When Pandora opened the box
Theme of the story curiouty can lead to bad things.
Influences of the myth on today’s society
Answers to questions
Go over the story and review the main points of the story
Hand out five questioned quiz
Pandora was made by Hephaestus who molded her out of clay and gave her form, after that each god and goddess gave Pandora a certain trait.
The story starts with Prometheus who had betrayed Zeus by loving mankind more then the gods. Prometheus stole fire and brought it down for mankind so they wouldn’t die.
Zeus who was enraged decided to punish Prometheus and his creation (mankind) to punish him Zeus chained him in unbreakable fetters and set a vulture over him to eat his liver each day. Because Prometheus was an immortal the liver grew back everyday but he was still tormented by it.
Heracles was the one who freed him during the twelve labours
After his rescues Zeus decided to punish not only him but also mankind. And ordered the other gods/goddess to make Pandora as a poisoned gift for man.
Before Prometheus was chained he told his brother Epimetheus never to accept gifts from the gods. Epimetheus in the end didn’t listen to his brother and when Pandora arrived he feel in love with her.
Hermes told him that Pandora was a gift to the titan from Zeus, and warned Epimetheus never to pen the box that was in the possession of Pandora. And told him not to allow her to open it to.
Before Pandora mankind lived in a paradise without any type of worry. Epimetheus told Pandora again and again never to hope the box she had received. However one day Pandora’s Curiosity thanks to Hera got the better of her and she opened it.
Once the box was opened it unleashed all the misfortunes of mankind such as plagues, sorrow, poverty, crime etc… after witnessing all these horrible things fly out she shut the lid down.
By the time she had closed the box everything except one thing stayed inside the box. Which was Hope. The world remained extremely bleak for an unspecified interval. Until Pandora chanced to revisit the box again. At that point hope fluttered out.
The daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora was Pyrrha, who married Deucalion and was one of the two who survived the deluge.
The titan Epimetheus ("hindsight") was responsible for giving a positive trait to each and every animal. However, when it was time to give man a positive trait, there was nothing left. Prometheus ("foresight"), his brother, felt that because man was superior to all other animals, man should have a gift no other animal possessed. So Prometheus set forth to steal fire from Zeus and handed it over to man.
~Quiz On Pandora~
(Answer the questions best to your knowledge)
What does Pandora’s full name mean?
Who was the god/goddess that gave Pandora the box?
Who was the one that took Pandora down to meet Epimetheus?
What was left in the box after Pandora opened it?
What is the theme of the story?
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