Pan was Hermes's son. He was a god who was part animal; he bore goat's horns and goat's hoofs. He was a merry god who associated with the nymphs, and he enjoyed dancing and playing his reed, as he was a wonderful musician. He loved several nymphs, but was rejected by many because of his ugliness.

Pan also appears in King Midas's story. Midas was chosen as a judge in a musical contest between Apollo and Pan. Although Apollo was infinitely better and infinitely more powerful than Pan, Midas honestly preferred Pan. Because of this, Apollo changed his ears to ass's ears, to signify his stupidity.