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Do pandemonium and Pandora (she of the box) come from the same etymological source?

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to answer your question, you can compare user7834's answer with this etymology

1570s, first mortal woman, made by Hephaestus and given as a bride to Epimetheus, from Gk. pandora "all-gifted," from pan "all" + doron "gift," from PIE base *do- "to give."

so the two words aren't probably related except for the fact that both words use the Greek word πᾶν (pan, "all")

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+1 Exactly. Note that the Greek word daimôn comes from Proto-Indo-European root *da-, "divide", which is, as far as we know, not related to PIE root *do-, "give". – Cerberus May 2 '11 at 1:02
    
@Cerberus thanks for that! :) I'm learning a lot! :) – Paul Amerigo Pajo May 2 '11 at 21:53

Coined by John Milton in "Paradise Lost," Pandæmonium, from Ancient Greek πᾶν (pan, “all”) (equivalent to English pan-) + Late Latin daemonium (“evil spirit, demon”), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daimōn, “demon”).

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pandemonium

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