|1.||Greek myth the leader of the Lycians, allies of the Trojans in their war with the Greeks. He broke the truce by shooting Menelaus with an arrow and was killed in the ensuing battle by Diomedes|
|2.||(in medieval legend) the procurer of Cressida on behalf of Troilus|
in Greek legend, son of Lycaon, a Lycian. In Homer's Iliad, Book IV, Pandarus breaks the truce between the Trojans and the Greeks by treacherously wounding Menelaus, the king of Sparta; he is ultimately slain by the warrior Diomedes. In Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, Pandarus acts as the lovers' go-between; hence the word "pander."
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