Pandora, a character in Greek mythology. Zeus, to punish Prometheus for his creative efforts, got Hephaestus to make a beautiful female figure, which was then endowed with life and loaded with gifts from all the gods. Lastly, Zeus himself gave her a box as a dower, and sent her to Prometheus for a wife. The latter was too shrewd to be taken in by the artifice; but Epimetheus, his brother, yielded to Pandora's charms and to hope of gain. No sooner was the box opened than all the ills of mortal life escaped from it and spread over the world, but hope was still left at the bottom.