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PANDORA'S BOX. The Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol (1962) by Dora and Erwin Panofsky

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PANDORA'S BOX. The Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol (1962) by Dora and Erwin Panofsky

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PANOFSKY, Dora and Erwin

Pandora's Box. The Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol

New York: Pantheon Books, 1962. Second edition, revised, with additions. Hardcover. Quarto. xiv + 185 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout. 

A fine copy in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket.

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Pandora, "the pagan Eve," is one of the rare mythological figures to have retained a vitality up to our day. Glorified by Calderon, Voltaire, and Goethe, she is yet familiar to everyday people, and "Pandora's Box" is a byword. She has been amply discussed by historians of Greek religion in the post classical era. She is practically absent from major Latin literature, and was nearly forgotten during the Middle Ages. Upon her revival in the Renaissance she achieved popularity as a literary rather than an artistic figure. The very attribute that made her famous was originally neither a box nor, properly, hers.