Zeus, the supreme ruler of the universe, with the aid of the giant Hercules and other gods, had rid the earth of the Titans and the Giants. The expulsion of these brutal creatures ensured that humans could now feel safe on Earth.

The creation of humankind was at hand. Zeus was grateful for Prometheus’ assistance in the air war with Titans, delegated the job of creating man to him and his brother Epimetheus.

Menthes was very wise and gave much forethought to this task. I menthes, on the other hand, was not especially wise and tended to act without thinking.

So it was little wonder that Epimetheus thoughtlessly gave all the best gifts to the animals. He made them strong, fast, brave, and clever. He also inferred upon the animals fur, feathers, and shells. As a result, no great rocs remained for him to bestow on humans. Without strength, bravery, sourness, and a warm, protective coat, how could humans be protected from animals?


Epimetheus sought his brother Prometheus’ help. Prometheus thought us the problem that Epimetheus had so recklessly caused and decided to meet humans a splendid shape, allowing them to stand erect like the gods. Then he brought fire down from the heavens and gave it to humankind. Fire was a far superior defense than anything given to the animals.

Zeus felt that Prometheus had been excessively generous to man in giv­ing him fire. In addition, Zeus was angered that Prometheus had arranged, trickery, for man to get the best portion of sacrificed animals, while the r: is got the worst parts. Zeus retaliated against this man oeuvre by creating? If dorsa, the first woman. She was beautiful, shy, and tempting to man and sods alike.

Zeus made a box for Pandora which held all the evils that could befall humans. In her curiosity, Pandora opened the box one day. Out came hor­rors that brought misery and calamity to humans. However, one good thing hid been put in the box and was also released. That wondrous thing was hope. Until today, hope remains humans’ consolation amidst all the sufferings they must endure.