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Is Pandora’s box really the origin of all evil? Think again

We have the story of Pandora from two 7th-century BC poems by Hesiod. But some things have been lost in translation

Pandora: you know the one. The first woman. The one who opens her box, letting all the evils of the world fly out of it. And what’s left in the box after everything else has escaped? Hope.

I’ve been thinking a bit about Pandora recently. Partly because she gives her name to Natalie Haynes’s wise new book about women in the Greek myths,…

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