[pandora box]

i move that the moral of stories about how ignorant women cause the downfall of mankind (eve in christianity, pandora in greek myth) stop being that women are the root of all evil and start being that in order to prevent the downfall of mankind we must educate our women


7 Misconceptions in Greek Mythology!

These are just a small selection of things I’ve seen and heard people thinking on the internet. A lot of this comes from Greek Mythology based media, which has become increasingly popular. So I’m here to clear things up!

  1. Hades was really good, he did all he could to make the underworld a comfortable place for his wife Persephone to live. He also was faithful to her and never sought out souls for his underworld, but waited for them to come to him. A lot of his perception as evil comes from the modern interpretation of Satan. Edit: If you are still unconvinced because of the Persephone story please click here and read two very well written responses as I am a terrible writer. If you need further clarification feel free to message me, but be respectful. I’m tired of being yelled at because people can’t be bothered figuring out what historical context means or that there isn’t one absolute correct version of myths.
  2. There are some that seem like exceptions to this one, firstly is Heracles, who actually was just intensely determined and no stronger than a mortal could be if they poured effort into it. Dionysus is the other, as he became an olympian. But he generally gets a pass from historians, since Zeus actually gave birth to him, and that’s said to have an impact.
  3. Hercules is Roman. You can imagine I cringe every time I hear his name in the Disney movie since he’s the only Romanised name in the whole thing.
  4. Hermes was often painted with his sandals to identify him and this leads to the idea that he needs them to fly.
  5. So basically the olympians started the big war, but Cronus kind of had it coming since he ate all of his children in order to stop the possibility of them overthrowing him like he had done to his father. So when Zeus freed all his brothers and sisters, that’s exactly what he did.
  6. Yup.
  7. In most texts, Ares almost always was on the losing side of wars, whereas Athena was almost always on the winning side. Turns out in war you need more brains than brawn. At least you got Aphrodite, buddy.

Pandora-By  Chie Yoshii. 

Did You Know? In earlier accounts , Pandora’s Box was actually a jar, called “pithos” in Greek. This jar became a box in the 16th century when the Renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus translated a story of Pandora from Hesiod’s work. In his endeavour, Erasmus mistranslated the Greek term pithos into the Latin word pyxis, meaning “box”. And the jar remained as a box till these days.

The significance of Pandora’s Box: The Pandora myth chiefly describes the emergence of all sorts of evils on earth which was engendered by the creation of women. In this way, the Pandora myth reverberates the theological story of Adam and Eve. The story metaphorically explores the dangers of curiosity and disobedience. Pandora’s Box is also seen as the symbol of female sex organs. This is because there is a popular belief that women can utilize their sex organs to lead men to all sorts of trouble. These days the term Pandora’s Box symbolizes something that holds or releases evil. Opening Pandora’s Box implies creating serious trouble that cannot be undone.