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Pan, the mythological goat-footed Arcadian god, son of Hermes and the nymph Dryope, was the god of the mountains and the protector of the shepherds. According to the myth when his mother gave him birth she run away scared from the monsterous view of the baby. He was very loved by the people of Arcadia, something that is obvious from the many temples dedicated to him in the region. Wherever he made his appearance he entertained the people playing with his flute (syrinx) and dancing with the beautiful nymphs that accompanied him. Another legend around Pan says that he took part in the Marathon battle and with his horrific screams he made the Persians flee, whence it comes the word panic (panikos in Greek). After the battle the Athenian general Miltiades made a statue dedicated to the honor of the Arcadian God.
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