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In Greek mythology, Pandareus (Ancient Greek: Πανδάρεως) was the son of Merops and a nymph. His residence was given as either Ephesus[1] or Miletus.[2] He was said to have been favored by Demeter, who conferred upon him the benefit of never suffering from indigestion, however much food he should eat.[1] At the request of his impious friend, Tantalus, Pandareus stole a bronze (or golden) dog from a temple to Zeus on Crete (the dog, created by Hephaestus, had guarded Zeus during his infancy). According to various sources, he was either turned to stone[3] or fled to Sicily, where he perished together with his wife Harmothoë.[4]

Pandareus was the father of Aedon (wife of Zethus), Chelidonis, Cleodora (or Cleothera) and Merope;[1][5] according to Pausanias, the last two were called Cameiro and Clytia.[2] After the death of their parents, Aphrodite took care of Cleodora and Merope, Hera taught them to be proper women, and Athena made them accomplished; but when Aphrodite went to see Zeus to get them married, storm winds carried them away to become handmaidens of the furies.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses, 11
  2. ^ a b Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10. 30. 2
  3. ^ Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses, 36
  4. ^ Eustathius on Homer, p. 1875
  5. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 19. 518
  6. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 20. 66 ff