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Pandora's gift to Epimetheus

Pandora's gift to Epimetheus

Epimetheus (Gr: Ἐπιμηθεύς) was a Titan, whose name means "afterthought", which is the antonym of his brother's name, Prometheus, meaning 'forethought'. In this context, Epimetheus appeared as a foolish character, while Prometheus was the clever one. He was the son of Iapetos and Klymene

Gift to Mankind

Epimetheus and his brother Prometheus were given the task of populating the earth with animals and men. However, Epimetheus quickly exhausted the supply of gifts allotted for the task in the equipment of animals, leaving Prometheus' masterpiece, mankind, completely helpless. As a result the Titan brother was forced to steal fire from heaven to arm them. Zeus was angered by this theft and ordered the creation of Pandora, the first woman, as a means to deliver evil into the house of man. Despite the warnings of his brother, Epimetheus happily received her as his bride, but as soon as she arrived she lifted the lid of a jar entrusted her by the gods, releasing a plague of harmful daimones(spirits) to trouble mankind. Only Hope (Elpis) remained behind to succor the unfortunate race.

Parents

Iapetos & Klymene-Asie

Spouse & Lovers

Pandora (wife)

Children

Pyrrha
Ephyra
Prophasis

Siblings

Atlas
Menoitios
Prometheus
Ankhiale

Gallery

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