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Epimetheus, afterthought, was a minor creator god found in both the Greek and Roman pantheons, one of the four sons of Iapetos and Klymene (Titan)), and the brother of Prometheus; jointly responsible for the creation of humankind. Epimetheus' fame involves his lisison with the first mortal woman, Pandora, whom the gods warned him against. Her curiosity caused her to open a box belonging to Jupiter in which he placed all vices, diseases, and sufferings of humanity, plus the benevolent spirit of hope. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 77