Pan, god of the mountains
Pan, god of the mountains, protector of hunters and fishermen, son of Hermes and the nymph Dryopi had α goat’s horn on his head as well as goat’s hoofs instead of feet. When he was born, his mother horrified from the look of the hairy child smiling at her, deserted him. His father, Hermes wrapped him in a hare’s skin and took him to mount Olympus. All gods were enchanted by his charm and playful demeanor, so Dionysus named him Pan (“All” in Greek) since all gods adored him. Pan was cheerful, amorous, always in love with a nymph and played his flute in such a melodic way that sounded like the song of a nightingale. His favorite place was the caves of Arcadia where he lived dancing and scaring away the goat herds, with his shrieks. The word “panic” is derived from Pan and the sudden flight from the dreadful situations he brought about.