Statue of Pan. Hever Castle, Kent, England.
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Pan is the Greek god protector of shepherds and their flocks. He has horns and legs of a goat, and he is able to shout so loudly that he terrifies people and animals. The word panic derives from his name.
His personality has also gentle aspects. In fact, he skillfully plays
a reed pipe, called syrinx, to enchant animals. Romans confused him with the Roman god Faunus.
One of the moons of the planet Saturn was named after Pan.
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