from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The leader of the Lycians, slain by Diomedes in the Iliad.
  • n. The procurer of Cressida for Troilus in medieval romance.

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  • proper n. An archer on the side of Troy in the Trojan War who precipitates the war by breaking a truce.


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  • Pandarus in the AEneid, ready to defend the entrance if aught hostile had ventured an intrusion.

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  • Her comparison results in observing the complexity of Chaucer's treatment of the beginning of Book II, Pandarus awakening to hear the swallow "Proigne", a realization she delightfully calls a "clincher".

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  • Well, forty is kind of old to be marrying a 20-year-old, unless maybe you're an older male prof who identifies with Pandarus...

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  • When I first studied Chaucer, I had an older male prof who clearly identified with Pandarus.

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  • I'm sure it will all come rushing back "Quod Pandarus, 'Thow wrecched mouses herte" and all that.

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  • When Calkas defects to the Greek side, his brother Pandarus promotes the Troilus-Cressida liaison in order to secure the protection of the royal family.

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  • Tenor Robert Breault captured the desperate comedy of Pandarus with his high tenor; another standout was mezzo Elizabeth Batton as Evadne.

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  • When Pandarus sticks his head under the sheet on the bed where his naked niece lies after having sex with Troilus, and they 'gan to pleye,' WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?

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  • My first Chaucer prof identified completely with Pandarus, making him, in effect, the main character of the poem.

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