In Greek mythology, Pandareus (Ancient Greek: Πανδάρεως) was the son of Merops and a nymph. His residence was given as either Ephesus or Miletus. 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. 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 or fled to Sicily, where he perished together with his wife Harmothoë.
Pandareus was the father of Aedon (wife of Zethus), Chelidonis, Cleodora (or Cleothera) and Merope; according to Pausanias, the last two were called Cameiro and Clytia. 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.
- William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, v. 3, page 109
- Homer. The Odyssey, Book XX, in The Iliad & The Odyssey. Trans. Samuel Butler. pp. 676-7. ISBN 978-1-4351-1043-4
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