Epimetheus

Epimetheus was the Titan god of afterthought and excuses.

Parents: Iapetus and Clymene
Siblings: Anchiale, Atlas, Menoetius and Prometheus
Consort: Pandora
Children: Pyrrha

Epimetheus and the birth of Pandora | Athenian red-figure krater C5th B.C. | Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Epimetheus and the birth of Pandora, Athenian red-figure krater c. 5th BC, Ashmolean Museum.

He and his brother Prometheus were given the task of populating the earth with animals and men. However, Epimetheus quickly exhausted the supply of gifts allotted for the task in the equipment of animals, leaving Prometheus‘ masterpiece, mankind, completely helpless. As a result the Titan brother was forced to steal fire from heaven to arm them. Zeus was angered by this theft and ordered the creation of Pandora, the first woman, as a means to deliver evil into the house of man. Despite the warnings of his brother, Epimetheus happily received her as his bride, but as soon as she arrived she lifted the lid of a jar entrusted to her by the gods, releasing a plague of harmful daemons to trouble mankind. Only Hope remained behind to succour the unfortunate race.