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Pandarus (pănˈdərəs) [key], in Greek legend, a Trojan warrior. In the Trojan War (as recounted in Homer's Iliad ) he broke the truce by wounding Menelaus and soon after was killed by Diomed. In the medieval romance of Troilus and Cressida, Pandarus is the name of the lascivious intermediary between the lovers. The word pander is derived from the latter story.

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