Pandora's Jar

Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Ancient History, Ancient Greek History
Paperback Published on: 13/05/2021
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Pandora's Jar
A must read for anyone interested in Greek myths!
A fantastic reappraisal of women in myth. Natalie Haynes does a terrific job of voicing the previously silent stories of women in a clear and thoroughly re... READ MORE
Alexandra Barker
Pandora's Jar
The best book of 2019
Even if you're not the biggest fan of Greek myth it really doesn't matter. Natalie Haynes writes about her subject with such passion and excitement it is i... READ MORE
Paul Watson
Pandora's Jar
Myth and Mythogyny
An exploration of the forgotten women of Greek myths – and about time, too! In a witty and engaging style that doesn’t shy from confrontational opinion, Ha... READ MORE
William Taylor
Pandora's Jar
A witty and charismatic trip through the classics!
What a wonderfully in depth exploration through classical mythology. Haynes adds some of her signature wit and charm, as she requests we join her to explor... READ MORE


The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but rarely do they focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories.

Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry and Greek tragedy, from Homer to Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, from the Trojan War to Jason and the Argonauts. And still, today, a wealth of novels, plays and films draw their inspiration from stories first told almost three thousand years ago. But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women's stories. And when they do, those women are often painted as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil. But Pandora - the first woman, who according to legend unloosed chaos upon the world - was not a villain, and even Medea and Phaedra have more nuanced stories than generations of retellings might indicate.

Now, in Pandora's Jar, Natalie Haynes - broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist - redresses this imbalance. Taking Pandora and her jar (the box came later) as the starting point, she puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the menfolk. After millennia of stories telling of gods and men, be they Zeus or Agamemnon, Paris or Odysseus, Oedipus or Jason, the voices that sing from these pages are those of Hera, Athena and Artemis, and of Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Eurydice and Penelope.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509873142
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 231g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 21 mm

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Pandora's Jar
Just finished reading Pandora’s Jar! I’m a huge fan of classics and the wonderful world of Greek mythology. What a delight to read something other than the... READ MORE
Rachael Hendricks
Pandora's Jar
Blowing the Dust off Greek Myths
I was attracted to this book by the Radio 4 series and was not disappointed. The work brings a fresh take to the Greek legends that you thought you knew. B... READ MORE
John Lewis
Pandora's Jar
Cleanliness next to demi-godliness?
I always like to explain my reasons when I give a book three stars or less. My rating of three stars for this book came about from a combination of the cir... READ MORE
Pandora's Jar
Erudite and Fun
Great book - educational and entertaining, just like her shows on R4.
Derek Duerden
Pandora's Jar
Super interesting and humorous
I could not take my eyes away from this book.
Boriana Stoykova
Pandora's Jar
A fantastic mix of knowledge and myth!
One of the most educational books on Greek mythology from real perspective. This is beautifully written with such comedic value, one of the best books I ow... READ MORE
Laken Daynes
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An intelligent and amusing book
Her belief that most MPs are driven by a desire to help people and their differences of opinion are often simply due to different experiences of life is in... READ MORE
Rosalind Gaye Osborne