Arthur Hacker, Syrinx, 1892, Oil on canvas. Syrinx was the daughter of a Greek river god. in order to escape rape by the god Pan she was turned into a reed. the moment of her transformation is shown here.
My earliest musical memory is being given a cheap red wooden recorder, aged 5 or 6, by a family friend on a day out in Chester. I sat on the roman wall all day playing it, I knew in this reality, it was not music, but in my mind I was Pan.
Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs."He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.
Pan was the god of the wild, hunting and companion of the nymphs. He was depicted as being half human, while having the legs and horns of a goat, just like a faun; his Roman counterpart was Faunus. It is unclear as to who his parents were; his father may have been Zeus, Dionysus, Hermes,nymph called Dryope, Penelope who later became the wife of Odysseus, or Aphrodite.
Faun by Leon Bakst. Fauns were mentioned in Greek and Roman mythology. They lived in forests and in Greek mythology were associated with the Greek God Pan. Pan was the god of fields and forests and was connected to fertility. He is also the creator of the pan flute - an ancient musical instrument made from several pieces of reed or bamboo joined together.