Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Πᾶν; Latin Pan)

A. Myth

P. was originally an Arcadian god of shepherds and nature. He has theriomorphic traits (human shape, but the legs, feet and horns of a he-goat) [4]. His realm is wild nature, through which he courses as a restless hunter, singing and dancing in the company of nymphs. A son of Hermes and Dryope, he is “goat-footed, two-horned, noise-loving, sweetly laughing” (Hom. H. 19,2f.; other sources differ, giving his father as Zeus, Apollo or Kronos). P.’s sphere of influence and activity is the wilderness…

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Robert, Jörg, “Pan”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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