Boreas ("north wind" or "devouring") was the Greek god with that name, one of the Anemoi. He was the son of Eos and Aeolus, brother of Eurus, Notus and Zephyrus. Boreas was usually depicted as a racy old man, winged and very strong.
Boreas had two sons, two daughters, and twelve mares which are said to be able to run across a field of grain without trampling the plants. Pliny (Natural History iv.35 and viii.67) thought that mares might stand with their hindquarters to the North Wind, and bear foals without a stallion. When Athens was threatened by Xerxes, the people prayed to Boreas, who caused winds to sink 400 Persian ships.
It stands to reason that Hesiod would claim that the gods of the winds - Zephyrus, Boreas, and Notus - were descended from the goddess of Dawn and a Titan with a name that means "starry", for the winds could be thought of as coming from the sky.
However, one day Boreas saw her dancing, and struck with desire, he carried off the lovely woman (some versions say he hid her in a cloud) and made her his bride.
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