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Pan, the God of the Shepherds in greek mythology
Statue of Pan smiling and holding the pan-pipe. National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Greece


Pan was a lascivious Satyr of the mountains and the God of the Shepherds and the Flocks

Family of Pan

Pan was the most famous of the Satyrs and a son of Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the gods and the Nymph Penelope(or Dryope).

Appearance of Pan

Pan was an ugly satyr with a long beard, sharp ears, goat legs and horns. Almost none thought highly of Pan, not even his mother, who run away horrified and full of disgust when she saw Pan for the very first time.

However, Pan was actually a kind-hearted god. Many times he is depicted holding a pipe, delighting the gods with his divine melodies. His sacred tree was the pine tree.


Pan means "all" in the Greek language

odd information about panThe modern word "panic" was named in Pan's honour, since a sudden appearance of his would easily cause overwhelming fear and terror.



Myths about Pan

The Adventure of Pan and Syrinx

Pan and the Tears of the Pine