Gods and mortal men found her charms simply irresistible.
The swan and the dove were both symbols of her grace.
Myths helped explain how the world came to be the way it was. In one myth, Zeus created an incredibly beautiful and nearly perfect woman named Pandora. Her one flaw was that she was very curious and suspicious. Hermes, Zeus's messenger, gave Pandora a golden box. He warned her never to open it because terrible things would occur if she did.
He is calledthe "most Greek of all the gods".
But Pandora could hardly contain her curiosity and eventually broke down and opened the special box. Out from the box flew all the evils that plague humanity: famine, greed, pain, sorrow, etc. Only one thing remained in the box — hope — which humans managed to hold on to. This myth explains the origins of human misfortune. At the same time, it teaches a moral lesson by warning of the dangers of curiosity.
Also unlike the other gods, Demeter's existence was bittersweet.
Typically, the gods punished those who were bad. For example, Tantalus who killed his own son and served him to the gods for dinner was sent to Hades and made forever thirsty and hungry. Although there was a pool of clear, fresh drinking water at his feet, whenever Tantalus bent down to drink, the pool would dry up and disappear.
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He wasalso known for his less than satisfying marriage to love goddess, the unfaithfulAphrodite, as well as his role in the stories of Pandora and Prometheus.
In the fall and winter, she mourned her daughter, .
Hephaestus was a kindly, peace-loving god of steady, stable temperament,popular both on earth and on Olympus. In Roman mythology, Hephaestus was known as Vulcan (which means fire),and was the god of volcanic fire; he was also called Mulsiber.