With all the misery Pandora had unleashed hope was the only thing that could keep mankind going.For Prometheus, Zeus reserved a special punishment.The next period was the Heroic Age, a time of notable heroes and deeds.
According to another story the gods created man, and man existed on earth while the Titan Cronus ruled. During that Golden Age men were free from pain, toil, and old age. Then the gods created the men of the Silver Age, who were far inferior.
These men remained children for a hundred years under the dominance of their mothers.
Summary The clever Titan Prometheus and his stupid brother Epimetheus were spared imprisonment in Tartarus because they had kept their neutrality in the war between the Olympians and the Titans.
According to one tradition Prometheus shaped man out of mud, and Athena breathed life into the clay figure.
At first this command mystified them, but Deucalion had an inspiration.
His mother's bones must be the stones that lay upon the earth, for the earth had given birth to mankind.
Once man was created, however, Prometheus allowed his scatterbrained brother, Epimetheus, to dispense various qualities to the animals and man.
So Epimetheus began by giving the best traits to the animals — swiftness, courage, cunning, stealth, and the like — and he wound up with nothing to give to man. He wrapped the bones in juicy fat and he hid the meat under the ugly hide. He went up to heaven and lighted his torch at the sun and carried it back to earth.
When the rains began to fall Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha climbed into the chest, which was loaded with provisions, and they floated on the ocean that drowned the rest of the world.
After ten days the flood subsided, and the chest came to rest on Mount Parnassus.