During our time in Greece, we heard lots of stories about the Greek gods and monsters, stories of heroism and daring exploits. We thought it would be fun while we were close by in Dubrovnik, to learn more about how to write a Greek myth and write our own. This Greek myth tells about how Pan became a god and was written by Liam.
Did you know Pan wasn’t always a god?
As the story goes….
There was once a half-man, half goat creature named Pan. Presently Pan lived in a small town (today the town is known as Athens but this was many years before Athena won the famous contest with Poseidon). However, Pan was very, very bored and wanted his life to be more interesting.
Then he heard from his friend about a dragon, who had green scales, blue fire and brown eyes that lived past the forest and on top of a mountain. He had been making a racket and the villagers had not been able to sleep for a long time. Some of the villagers were even going deaf from all the noise. So Pan was off to slay the mighty beast.
On his way to the top of the mountain, the god, Zeus, king of all gods, gave Pan a flute.
“What am I going to use a flute for?” replied Pan, who was puzzled by Zeus’ gift.
In a deep voice, Zeus said, “If you play the right song, it will heal all those who are hurt.”
Zeus wanted a new plant and animal god and was hoping that Pan would save the dragon instead of slaying it. Zeus was testing Pan to see whether he was worthy or not of being a god.
Once again, Pan was off. Suddenly a half shark, half monkey jumped out of the tree. Trembling with fear, Pan tripped backward. When he saw it was all chained up, he jumped forwards and cut the chain with a rock because the creature looked really sad and Pan wanted to help him. The creature stared at Pan and jump away.
Pan had finally made it to the top of the mountain.
“There’s the dragon,” Pan thought to himself. Speedily, Pan took out his rock and ran at the sleeping dragon. Suddenly, he saw it had a needle stuck in its foot. Pan went up behind the dragon and carefully took the needle out of his foot. When Pan took the needle out of his foot, the dragon woke up and was about to eat him. Then the dragon noticed that the needle was gone. Afterward, Pan healed the wound using his flute. As a thank you, the dragon flew him back to his village.
Finally, when they got there, all the gods agreed with Zeus and rewarded Pan by making him the god of life. The gods made him the god of plants and animals because he helped the dragon and the half shark, half monkey creature instead of killing them.