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What a great story that Hesiod, a poet, passed down to us all.

To me Hesiod was the great satirist of the 7th century BC. A short piece attributed to him was "The War between Frogs and Mice." This story, it seems to me (I'm no expert), was a satire on Homer's Iliad. Yes a satire on the Iliad, with the main characters being frogs and mice.

Perhaps his Pandora's myth was also a bit of a satire!? This could indeed be a re-telling of the story of the wedding of Adam and Eve, the first royal couple. The first king and queen of inherited kingship. That is, a kingship that follows from father to son yet passing in the female line - the line of Lady Eva or Isis or ... It is general believed that such a kingship or such an idea of kingship was extablished about 3,000 BC.

The problem with such a practice may not have been the wedding - that might have been the best part but rather the succession from father to son - the problem of producing a suitable male heir - the problem of producing a male heir at all. What if there were three rough and tumble sons - what then...

I think by the 7th century, intelligent people began to questions whether such an idea of monarchy was a good idea at all. The Iliad would be instructive here, but so would be the Torah. The establishment of monarchy engendered 3,000 years of dynastic wars. they may not be over yet.

This is Hesiod's Pandora's box. I believe that in the first vocalization of this myth, the box, the alabasteros, contained the royal spikenard, not disease, not even hope. Monarchy was supposed to work for the benefit of all. But...

The box was prepared by Zeus and presented to Pandora by Hermes/Mercury on her wedding day to Epimetheus, son of Prometheus. Zeus was getting back at Prometheus for giving fire to mankind against his Zeus's wishes. So this myth was also a bit of satire on the god's themselves.

Did Hesiod really mean to blame women for all this trouble? Well he did say:

(ll. 373-375) Do not let a flaunting woman coax and cozen and deceive you: she is after your barn. The man who trusts womankind, trust deceivers. "Works and Days"

Oh well, he is a precurser of many modern ideas!

Have a great day!



Eddie Larry

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Pandora's Box 556 AngelaSD 16-May-05 23:23
Re: Pandora's Box 347 Joyeuse 17-May-05 01:32
Re: Pandora's Box 291 David L 17-May-05 01:48
Re: Pandora's Box 264 AngelaSD 17-May-05 02:11
Re: Pandora's Box 285 David L 17-May-05 02:18
Re: Pandora's Box 282 SunSword 17-May-05 14:14
Re: Pandora's Box 267 David L 17-May-05 16:06
Re: Pandora's Box 304 IanG 25-May-05 08:50
Re: Pandora's Box 380 debraregypt 17-May-05 14:10
Re: Pandora's Box 310 debraregypt 17-May-05 15:16
Re: Pandora's Box 309 debraregypt 17-May-05 15:33
Re: Pandora's Box 255 IanG 25-May-05 09:02
Re: Pandora's Box 346 Farseeker 17-May-05 16:34
Re: Pandora's Box 326 debraregypt 17-May-05 16:47
Re: Pandora's Box 305 Farseeker 17-May-05 17:12
Re: Pandora's Box 264 debraregypt 17-May-05 17:31
Re: Pandora's Box 282 AngelaSD 17-May-05 18:10
Re: Pandora's Box 225 debraregypt 17-May-05 18:12
Re: Pandora's Box 295 Joyeuse 18-May-05 01:10
Re: Pandora's Box 244 Farseeker 18-May-05 14:17
Re: Pandora's Box 334 Farseeker 17-May-05 16:25
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 924 Joyeuse 18-May-05 13:17
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 324 debraregypt 18-May-05 13:28
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 444 Farseeker 18-May-05 14:36
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 292 debraregypt 18-May-05 16:34
what is sin...take a look! 313 debraregypt 19-May-05 03:12
Re: what is sin...take a look! 283 Nolondil 19-May-05 20:26
Re: what is sin...take a look! 234 debraregypt 20-May-05 01:01
another story twisted is the name of Jesus 308 Joyeuse 18-May-05 20:55
Re: another story twisted is the name of Jesus 273 debraregypt 18-May-05 23:03
Re: another story twisted is the name of Jesus 303 Joyeuse 19-May-05 00:07
actually read this as it is exactly like you said (long but worth it) :-) 973 Joyeuse 19-May-05 09:01
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 378 IanG 28-May-05 17:55
Attention all posters 334 Richard Fusniak 28-May-05 21:54
Re: Pandora's Box 364 Eddie Larry 19-May-05 02:50
Re: Pandora's Box 272 Joyeuse 19-May-05 09:06
Re: Pandora's Box 235 AngelaSD 21-May-05 02:20
Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 795 Joyeuse 21-May-05 03:09
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 373 Eddie Larry 25-May-05 03:56
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 302 Joyeuse 25-May-05 16:00
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 255 David L 25-May-05 04:25
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 348 Joyeuse 25-May-05 16:04
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 290 David L 25-May-05 16:37
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 263 JamesH 25-May-05 19:08
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 277 AngelaSD 26-May-05 03:19
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 313 JamesH 26-May-05 05:28
The one whom we love 313 JamesH 26-May-05 05:52
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 310 AngelaSD 26-May-05 03:06
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 320 David L 26-May-05 05:18
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 315 JamesH 26-May-05 06:07
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 238 David L 26-May-05 16:43
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 343 JamesH 26-May-05 20:04


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