Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Πανδώρα [Pandṓra]; Latin Pandora)

A. Myth

The telling of the myth of P. that forms the basis for all reception is that by Hesiod, who gives it with that of Prometheus (Hes. Erg. 42–101). To begin with, the gods have hidden the life-force (bios) from mankind, thus condemning mortals to a life of toil. Hesiod now recounts how Prometheus brings fire to man by stealing it from Zeus. But the father of the gods takes revenge by sending mortals an evil they would desire as a good (Hes. Erg. 54–58). Zeus then has Hephaestus make a woman out o…

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Harst, Joachim and Schmid, Tobias, “Pandora”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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