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Of Woods and Fields The great Arcadian god Pan is probably one of the most well known gods in Greek history Everyone has heard of Pan and would more than likely recognize him if they saw him today His unmistakable physique distinguished him from all other gods He had the feet of a goat two horns on his forehead loved noise and dancing was hairy dirty lusty ugly and disheveled yet in his own way he was a charming creature Carpenter and Gula 103 He was considered a lesser divinity of Earth the god of woods and fields Pan was very of the people and was particularly fond of shepherds He was considered their special protector in a general sense he was a divinity of the country of sheep goats and other grazing flocks of forests valleys hills and glens Carpenter and Gula 103 He was on the whole easy-going and lazy loving nothing better than his afternoon nap and revenged himself on those who disturbed him with a sudden loud shout from a grove or grotto which made the hair bristle on their heads hence where the word panic is said to have been derived from Graves101 Pan was the son of Hermes the Roman god Mercury who also had duties as protector of flocks and herds and was the foster brother of Zeus He was considered a favorite and a delight to all the gods Pan was also highly regarded as a singer and it is said that he sometimes even surpassed the birds with his songs The Homeric Hymns quote similar support In song he could even outdo that bird which sits among the leaves at flower-rich springtime 62 It is also said that combined with the clear-voiced mountain nymphs their sound was overwhelming Pan had many adventures and unlike other Grecian deities Pans adventures were said to be more comical and lighthearted He was well known for seducing several of the
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