The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece


Picture of the Greek Fertility God PAN from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Greek Fertility God

God of Shepherds, Flocks and Fornication

A god of sex and sheep. What does that tell you about the ancient Greek countryfolk then?

The son of HERMES, and possibly a goat, PAN was one of the DIONYSUS drinking crowd, with all the leering lusty living this entailed. Woodland glades. NYMPHS. Orgies. Flutes. That sort of thing. You get the picture.

As a God with his hooves firmly placed on the ground, PAN was (and still is) worshipped as a potent deity of fertility and earthiness.

He was known as FAUNUS by the faunicating Romans. In time, his carefree lifestyle began to upset the early Christians, who saw his earthy temptations as a manifestation of the Devil. Who would’ve thought that the horny old goat would become the blueprint for popular conceptions of SATAN — cloven hooves, horns and all?


Name : PAN
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Fertility
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 37776
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Article last updated on 25 March 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Pan: Greek God of Fertility." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 25 Mar. 2013. Web. 16 September 2014.

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