or Pan·da·ros

[ pan-der-uhs ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. a Trojan who attempted to assassinate Menelaus, thereby violating a truce between the Greeks and the Trojans and prolonging the Trojan War: in Chaucerian and other medieval accounts, he is the procurer of Cressida for Troilus.

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How to use Pandarus in a sentence

  • Compare this passage with the long dialogue between Troilus and Pandarus, in the latter part of the first book of Troilus.

  • Probably the people who originated the tale were not Platonists, any more than Pandarus was all Aristotelian.

  • But Athen went to Diomed where he stood wiping away the blood from the wound where Pandarus had struck him with the arrow.

    Stories of the Old world | Alfred John Church
  • Is not Pandarus Dogdraught a member of select clubs, and admitted into the drawing-rooms of men?

    Past and Present | Thomas Carlyle
  • Likely enough he does, for possibly he sees Sir Pandarus stands high in their esteem who are the judges of the contest.

    The Symposium | Xenophon

British Dictionary definitions for Pandarus


/ (ˈpændərəs) /

  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

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