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Definition

Pan is a figure from Greek mythology who was originally a pastoral god from Arcadia. It was believed Pan dwelt in the mountains and forests of Greece. He was the patron of shepherds, hence one of his attributes is the lagobolon - a hare trap. Not fully human in form, Pan's legs are that of a goat and he has horns sprouting from his head. Pan was strongly associated with music and its magical powers; he is credited with inventing the syrinx musical instrument, better known as the panpipes.

More about: Pan

Timeline

  • c. 500 BCE
    Pan first appears in Greek art.
  • c. 360 BCE
    Pan appears on the reverse of coins of the Arcadian League.
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