The Flood Legend According to the Greeks

Deucalion was the son of Prometheus, and he classical_greece_mapruled in Phthia. His wife, Pyrrah, was the daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora (it was Pandora who was the first woman to be created by the gods). One day, Prometheus came to Deucalion and told him, ”Zeus is going to destroy all the men of this Bronze Age. Build yourself a chest of wood, so that you and your wife may survive.”

Deucalion did just that, and after he had provisioned it, took his wife aboard with him. At this time, Zeus opened the floodgates of the sky, and poured a terrible rain down upon the earth. All the men of Greece were killed, save a few, which made Zeus even angrier. So he parted the great mountains of Thessaly, flooding the entire world beyond both the Isthmus and the Peloponnesian realm. Deucalion, however, in his chest of wood, lived comfortably on the sea for nine days and nine nights. Eventually, the chest came to rest on Parnassus, and, when the rains stopped, Deucalion sacrificed to Zeus. Zeus, pleased by the sacrifice, granted Deucalion one choice – to name anything that he may desire. Deucalion chose men, because he did not want to remain alone on earth. So, at the command of Zeus, he picked up stones and threw them over his head. The stones he threw became men, and the stones Pyrrah threw became women. This is why people are called Laoi, from Laas, ”a stone.”

(Source: Martin, Charles. Flood Legends. pp. 137-138)