God of the Week: Pan (Faunus)

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In addition to those Greek and Roman deities who formed the core team on Olympus, there were many others, even local variants, who attracted devotees. Among the best-known of the non-Olympian gods is Pan (Greek Πάν), known to the Romans as Faunus, the god of wild nature, shepherds and their flocks, and master of the Pan pipes. He’s a faun or satyr, human (ish) from the groin upwards, but with the hindquarters of a goat, and its horns. As the only really distinctive attribute of Pan the god is his set of pipes, it can be hard to decide whether a figure is intended to be just another faun or satyr, or the god himself.

FOG123561 Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898), Pan and Psyche (1872-74), oil on canvas, 65.1 x 53.3 cm, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. Wikimedia Commons.

Edward Burne-Jones‘ painting of Pan and Psyche from 1872-74 shows a delicate figure, with…

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