Long ago Zeus became angry with humans so he took away their ability to make fire. This meant they could not cook their food or keep warm.
Never open it!
Two brothers named Epimethius and Prometheus went to the Isle of Lemnos where the blacksmith Hephaestus lived. They stole his fire. This made Zeus furious and he decided they needed to be punished.
Zeus decided to punish the brothers so, with the help of Hephaestus, he created a beautiful woman from clay. The goddess Athene then breathed life into the clay, Aphrodite made her very beautiful and Hermes taught her how to be both charming and deceitful. Zeus called her Pandora and sent her as a gift to Epimethius. Epimethius was charmed by Pandora and thought she was so beautiful that he agreed to marry her.
Zeus, pleased that his trap was working, gave Pandora a wedding gift of a beautiful box. However, there was one condition, that pandora must never opened the box. Pandora promised that she would never open it.
Pandora was so curious to find out what was in the box that, when Epimethius was out, she opened the box. She looked into the box, expecting to see many treasures. But there was none. Instead, Zeus had put all the terrible evils he could think of in the box. Out of the box came disease, poverty, misery, death and sadness - all shaped like tiny buzzing moths. The creatures stung Pandora over and over again and she slammed the lid shut.
Epimetheus ran into the room to see why she was crying in pain. Pandora could still hear a voice calling to her from the box, pleading with her to be let out. Pandora and Epimethius agreed to open the box. All that remained in the box was Hope. It came out of the box like a beautiful dragonfly, touching the wounds created by the evil creatures, and healing them. Even though Pandora had released pain and suffering upon the world, she had also created hope.