Friday, March 23, 2007

This Just In: Pandora's 'Box' Actually a Jar!

Nisbet-Hubbard on Horace Odes 1.3.29:

Pandora is surprisingly little mentioned in classical literature; her 'box' was really a huge jar or pithos, mistranslated by Erasmus in his Adagia as pyxis.


Anonymous said...

Not to burst your bubble, but is this actually news? I've known for years that it was a jar.

Eric said...

No, I don't think it's 'actually news', especially not in the most literal sense of the word. Pandora's vessel is usually referred to as a 'box', and I thought the note was interesting in that regard vis-a-vis Erasmus' mistranslation.