Statue of Pan. Hever Castle, Kent, England.
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Faunus was a Roman pastoral god. The Romans identified him with the Greek god Pan
. Like Pan, Faunus had the legs and horns of a goat.
Faunus was an oracular deity. He was able to predict the future that was revealed to him in dreams or by supernatural voices coming from sacred groves.
Pan was a great musician, and one day stated that he was better than Apollo. A contest was held, and the judge ruled that Apollo was better. King Midas disagreed, and so the judge turned his ears into donkey ears.
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