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A faun, as painted by Hungarian painter Pál Szinyei Merse
A faun, as painted by Hungarian painter Pál Szinyei Merse

In Roman mythology, fauns are place-spirits (genii) of untamed woodland. Romans connected their fauns with the Greek satyrs, wild and orgiastic drunken followers of Bacchus (Greek Dionysus). However, fauns and satyrs were originally quite different creatures. Both have horns and both resemble goats below the waist, humans above; but originally satyrs had human feet, fauns goatlike hooves. The Romans also had a god named Faunus and goddess Bona Dea, who, like the fauns, were goat-people. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (562x848, 132 KB) Summary A Faun by Hungarian painter Pál Szinyei Merse. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (562x848, 132 KB) Summary A Faun by Hungarian painter Pál Szinyei Merse. ... Pál Szinyei Merse, by Wilhelm Leibl, 1869. ... A head of Minerva found in the ruins of the Roman baths in Bath Roman mythology, the mythological beliefs of the people of Ancient Rome, can be considered as having two parts. ... In Roman mythology, every man had a genius and every woman a juno (Juno was also the name for the queen of the gods). ... A bald, bearded, horse-tailed satyr balances a winecup on his erect penis, a trick worthy of note, on an Attic red-figured psykter, ca. ... This article is about the ancient deity. ... For other uses of the term, see goat (disambiguation). ... A cloven-hoof is a type of hoof that is found on some animals. ... Marble sculpture of Pan copulating with a goat, recovered from Herculaneum Pan (Greek Παν, genitive Πανος) is the Greek god who watches over shepherds and their flocks. ... In Roman mythology, Bona Dea (the good goddess) was a goddess of fertility, healing, virginity and women. ...


The Barberini Faun (Glyptothek, Munich, Germany) is a Hellenistic marble, c. 200 BC that was found in the Mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian (the Castel Sant'Angelo) and installed at Palazzo Barberini by Cardinal Maffeo Barberini (later Pope Urban VIII), the patron of Bernini, who heavily restored and refinished it, so that its present 'Hellenistic baroque' aspect may be enhanced. The statue known as the Barberini Faun or Sleeping Satyr is 215 cm long and made from marble. ... The Glyptothek is a museum in Munich, Germany, which was commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculptures (hence Glypto-, from the Greek root glyphein, to carve). ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... Centuries: 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC - 1st century BC Decades: 250s BC 240s BC 230s BC 220s BC 210s BC - 200s BC - 190s BC 180s BC 170s BC 160s BC 150s BC Years: 205 BC 204 BC 203 BC 202 BC 201 BC - 200 BC - 199 BC 198 BC... Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus (January 24, 76 –– July 10, 138), known as Hadrian in English, was emperor of Rome from 117 A.D. to 138 A.D., as well as a Stoic and Epicurean philosopher. ... For the town with the same name, see Castel SantAngelo (RI) Castel SantAngelo from the bridge. ... In Palazzo Barberini, which still dominates Piazza Barberini, Rione Trevi, Rome, three great architects worked to create a harmonious whole: Carlo Maderno, who began it in 1627, his nephew and assistant Francesco Borromini, working on his first important commission, and a young sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. ... Pope Urban VIII (April 1568 – July 29, 1644), born Maffeo Barberini, was Pope from 1623 to 1644. ... Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini; December 7, 1598 – November 28, 1680) was a pre-eminent Baroque sculptor and architect of 17th century Rome. ...


Fauns in fiction

The Marble Faun (1860) is a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne set in Rome. The faun of the title epitomizes the natural, carefree Count Donatello: "Our friend Donatello is the very Faun of Praxiteles. Is it not true, Hilda?" is the opening remark as four young art-minded friends gather in the sculpture-gallery in the Capitoline Museums at Rome. "In truth, allowing for the difference of costume, and if a lion's skin could have been substituted for his modern talma, and a rustic pipe for his stick, Donatello might have figured perfectly as the marble Faun, miraculously softened into flesh and blood," Hawthorne allows. Later, Donatello's murderous crime of passion will destroy him and transform the other characters. (The "Faun of Praxiteles", as Hawthorne describes it, is an imaginary sculpture loosely based on Praxiteles' Hermes.) The Marble Faun (1860) was the last of the four major romances by Nathaniel Hawthorne. ... Nathaniel Hawthorne (born Nathaniel Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. ... Michelangelos design for Capitoline Hill, now home to the Capitoline Museums. ... Praxiteles of Athens, the son of Cephisodotus, was the greatest of the Attic sculptors of the 4th century BC, who has left an imperishable mark on the history of art. ... For other uses, see Hermes (disambiguation). ...


In C. S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a faun named Mr Tumnus is the first creature Lucy meets in Narnia. He tries to kidnap her but Lucy reminds him that they are friends and he brings her back to where they met to return her home. Clive Staples Jack Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. ... This article is about the novel. ... In the C.S. Lewiss fictional world of Narnia, Mr. ... The Land of Narnia, artwork from the 2005 movie For other uses of Narnia, see Narnia (disambiguation). ...


In Piers Anthony's fantasy novel series, The Magic of Xanth, fauns are present as well as a main character in the book Faun & Games. Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is a writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. ... Xanth is a fantasy world created by author Piers Anthony for a series of novels. ... Faun & Games is the twenty-first book of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. ...


In the Spyro the Dragon series of video games, a faun named Elora makes appearances in two of the games, most prominently in the realm of Avalar, her home. Several other fauns, both male and female, appear in two of the worlds of Avalar's sub-realm, Autumn Plains. The female fauns, which act in a sort of valley girl manner, are in the world of Fracture Hills, while the male fauns are in Magma Cone. Spyro the Dragon (1) PlayStation cover Spyro the Dragon is a popular platform game series starring the video game character Spyro, which was originally released for the Sony PlayStation. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... This is a list of characters appearing in the Spyro the Dragon video game series. ... Avalar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno), a faun (Doug Jones), whose many ancient names are now known "only by the wind and trees", guides Ofelia Ivana Baquero through the three tasks she must perform in order to return to the kingdom in the netherworld where her former incarnation was once a princess. Note: The faun in this movie is different from most fauns, due to the fact that it was made of earth and trees rather than just a goat and a man. Guillermo del Toro (born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara, Jalisco) is an Academy Award-nominated Mexican film director. ... Pans Labyrinth (Spanish: El Laberinto del Fauno; literally The Labyrinth of the Faun) is an Academy Award-winning Spanish language fantasy film[2][3] written and directed by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro. ... Douglas Jones (born May 24, 1960) is an American actor. ... Ivana Baquero (born 11 June 1994) is a Catalan child actress best known for her starring role in Pans Labyrinth. ... Look up incarnation, incarnate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre, Andre Gregory relates the story of Scottish mathematician Robert Ogilvie Crombie's twentieth-century encounter with a faun (and later Pan himself). Andre presents the tale as fact. His dining partner, Wallace Shawn, initially confuses the word "faun" with "fawn," protesting, "I thought a fawn was a baby deer." Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was an Academy Award nominated French film director, working in both French and English. ... My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 movie starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle. ... Andre Gregory (born May 11, 1934, New York City) is a Jewish-American director and actor. ... Pan (Greek , genitive ) is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music: paein means to pasture. ... Wallace Shawn (born November 12, 1943), sometimes credited as Wally Shawn, is an American actor and playwright. ...


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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Pan (Greek , genitive ) is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music: paein means to pasture. ... A bald, bearded, horse-tailed satyr balances a winecup on his erect penis, a trick worthy of note, on an Attic red-figured psykter, ca. ... It has been suggested that Puck (Shakespeare) be merged into this article or section. ... Leon Bakst Nijinsky in The Afternoon of a Faun LAprès-midi dun Faune (or The Afternoon of a Faun) (1912), is a modern ballet choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes, with Nijinsky himself dancing the Faun. ...

External link

  • Artist and composer Daniel Dutton's paintings and poems of The Faun

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Fauns (1942 words)
Fauns possess an interesting blending of traits; they are mischievous but not hedonistic like satyrs, and are refined yet not fastidious like humans, elves or many of the other "civilized" races.
Fauns instead quest for new experiences and inspirations for their inner muse, although they are also attracted to objects of great beauty such as jewelry and artwork.
Faun adventurers tend to invest the majority of their spoils into a small number of highly ornate items (such as musical instruments or magic items) and give the leftovers to friends or donate them to charity.
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