Most people are familiar with the creation of Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis. But the story of mankind’s creation in Greek mythology is probably less well-known, and is arguably darker in tone when compared to Genesis.
To begin with, men and women were not created at the same time. Men existed before the coming of women and degenerated over the ages. And, the creation of the first woman, Pandora, was not a gift by the gods to man, but a punishment.
The Five Ages of Mankind
In the Greek myth of creation, as recorded in the Greek poet Hesiod’s ‘Works and Days’ (8th century BC), there were five ages. The first of these was the Golden Age, where men were immortals and dwelled on Olympus. They were made of gold and lived like gods. When this age ended, the men became good spirits that watched over mortals.