After Prometheus had stolen fire from the gods and bestowed it upon mortals, Zeus determined to counteract this blessing. He commissioned Hephaestus to fashion a woman out of earth upon whom the gods bestowed their gifts. Zeus sent her to Epimetheus who forgot the warning of his brother Prometheus and made Pandora his wife. Pandora had a jar containing all manner of misery and evil which she afterward opens out of curiosity. All the evils flew out over the earth and hope alone remained inside.