Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Pandora's Box

The urn or jar which in Greek Myth was unwisely opened by Pandora, the female gift of Zeus to Epimetheus the Titan (brother of Prometheus). This action – sheer curiosity rather than the breaking of an overt Prohibition – released afflictions like disease and old age on newly created mankind; the one consoling element was that the jar also contained hope. [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.