Study Guide

Pan (Faunus)

  • Profile

    Pan is one wild and crazy guy. Maybe it's because he's got the legs and horns of a goat, or maybe it's because he spends all his time in the woods and fields. Whatever the case, this god of shepherds, wilderness, rustic music, and male sexuality is notorious for being totally off the chain. The little goat-god's favorite pastimes include rocking out on his pan flute, getting rip roarin' drunk with his satyr buddies at the Bacchanals of Dionysus, and trying to seduce any pretty young thing who comes his way. Buckle your seatbelts, Shmoopers.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Pan

    Nickname

    Faunus, the Pan Man, Pananarama

    Sex

    Very male

    Current city

    The countryside of Arcadia

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of Shepherds, flocks, woods, rustic music, hunting, fertility, and male sexuality (I'm a busy little goat!)

    Education

    School of Rock

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Anarchy

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Hermes (Dad)
    Oenis (Mom)
    Some people say my mom might be Penelope or Callisto, but they're stupid.

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    The Panes
    Krotos
    Akis
    Eurymedon
    Krenaios
    Iynx
    Silenus

    Friends

    Dionysus
    Silenus
    Marsyas
    Maron
    All the satyrs
    Hermes 

    Enemies

    Apollo (who skinned my buddy Marsyas)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Fling with Selene
    Stalked Syrinx
    Mostly my life is a nymph buffet

    Interested in

    Nymphs, goddesses, human females (I'm not real picky)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Sons of Anarchy
    Hell on Wheels
    Man vs. Wild (I like it even though this show must be rigged. The wild would totally win.) 

    Quotations

    "The lust of the goat is the bounty of God."
    – William Blake

    "Let's get it on."
    – Marvin Gaye

    "I like girls that drink beer."
    – Toby Keith

    "You gotta fight for your right to party!"
    – The Beastie Boys

    "Don't be afraid, girl let me help
    Girl let me love you
    And I will love you
    Until you learn to love yourself
    Girl let me love you
    A heart of numbness, gets brought to life
    I'll take you there"
    – Ne-Yo

    Books

    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (Puck is rad.)
    "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg 
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (I make an awesome cameo in this one.)
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (These guys would've had way more fun if I'd been around.)
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Secretly, I'm Dean Moriarty.)
    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    The Bacchae by Euripides (Dionysus is my BFF.)
    Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

    Music

    Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) by Ne-Yo
    Nights of Wine and Roses by Japandroids 
    One More Night by Maroon 5
    (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) by The Beastie Boys
    I Like Girls That Drink Beer by Toby Keith
    Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lamar
    Good Time by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepson 
    Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett, Goon Rock
    Madness by Muse
    Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye (This one's for you, Selene.)

    Movies

    Pan's Labyrinth (Um, how awesome is this movie?) 
    The Cabin in the Woods
    The Hangover
    Hook
    Sideways
    The Man With the Iron Fists (They used to call me the man with the iron horns. Don't ask who "they" is. They just did, alright?)
    Animal House
    The Hobbit (Give me one week with Bilbo, and he'd be a much more easy-going dude.)

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    National Forests
    Goat cheese
    Fir trees
    Zamfir!
    Jam sessions
    Napa Valley
    Burning Man

    Interests

    Musicology
    Oenology
    Dance
    Nymphology

    Groups

    The Intercontinental Brotherhood of Satyrs
    Wine Enthusiasts 
    Nymph Collectors
    Party Animals 
    The Society for Half-animal Rights
    Goat Lovers 
    Zamfir Fan Club 

    • Spotter's Guide

      Oh yes, you must hang out with Pan while you're on Mt. Olympus. He'll be the little hairy guy with the legs and horns of a goat. Usually, he's going wild with a whole pack of satyrs, little half-goat dudes who look just like him. Pan and his friends are always hanging out with Dionysus, god of wine, and usually have a whole gaggle of nymphs in tow. Wherever those guys go, it's a party. Pan always breaks out his syrinx (pan flute), Dionysus brings the wine, and the next thing you know...

      Sex: Male
      Age: Middle-aged
      Build: Short and stooped, with the legs of a goat
      Complexion: Really tan
      Hair Color: Dark brown
      Facial Hair: Pointy beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Pan flute, wine jug
      Clothing: Body hair—lots of it
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Goat horns, can shriek so loud that it causes panic in his enemies

      Typical Companions:

      Dionysus
      Satyrs
      Nymphs of loose character

      Known Hangouts:

      The woods and fields of Arcadia

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Get all the details on Pan's creepy stalking of Syrinx in this mega-famous collection of mega-myth-y poems.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Dionysiaca by Nonnus

      Pan gets up to all kinds of shenanigans in this ancient poem, including getting all stalky with Echo.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "The Dead Pan" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

      Pan is still ticked that Mrs. Browning went around telling everybody he was dead in this classic poem.

      Dec 20, 1860

      "A Musical Instrument" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

      You've got to check out this seriously awesome poem about Pan and Syrinx. Ms. EBB really loved the guy, apparently.

      Dec 20, 1884

      Silenus by Thomas Woolner

      In this riff on Greek mythology, Silenus turns into an alcoholic after his lover, Syrinx, turns into reeds to escape the advances of Pan.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "in Just" by e. e. cummings

      Some say the "goat footed balloonman" in this famous poem is either a satyr or Pan in disguise.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

      Percy Jackson's buddy, Grover Underwood, is a satyr who dreams of one day searching for the long lost god, Pan.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Pan's Labyrinth

      A very Pan-like (and very creepy) creature takes a young girl on a dangerous quest in this must-see movie.