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Zephyr and Hyakinth; Attic red figure cup from Tarquinia, circa 480 BCE.Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Zephyr and Hyakinth; Attic red figure cup from Tarquinia, circa 480 BCE.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

In Greek mythology, Zephyrus, or Zephyros (Ζέφυρος) was the gentle god of the west wind, one of the Anemoi. It was thought that Zephyrus lived in a cave on Thrace. He is the son of the Titans Eos (goddess of the dawn) and Aeolus and the brother of Boreas (north wind), Eurus (east wind) and Notus (south wind). He is known as the fructifying wind, the messenger of spring. This image is obsoleted by Image:Hyakinthos. ... This image is obsoleted by Image:Hyakinthos. ... Tarquinia, formerly Corneto and originally Tarquinii, is an ancient city in the province of Viterbo, Lazio, Italy. ... Greek mythology comprises the collected narratives of Greek gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an oral-poetic tradition. ... Wind is the quasi-horizontal movement of air (as opposed to an air current) caused by a horizontal pressure gradient force. ... Thrace is a historical and geographic area in southeast Europe spread over southern Bulgaria, northeastern Greece, and European Turkey. ... In Greek mythology, the Titans (Greek Τιτάν, plural Τιτᾶνες) are among a series of gods, some of whom opposed Zeus and the Olympian gods in their ascent to power. ... Eos, by Evelyn de Morgan (1850 - 1919), 1895 (Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC): for a Pre-Raphaelite painter, Eos was still the classical pagan equivalent of an angel Eos (dawn) was, in Greek mythology, the Titan Goddess of the dawn, who rose from her home at the edge of... Aeolus (or Aiolos, ) in Greek Mythology was the Keeper of the Winds. ... There was one person and one god known as Boreas in Greek mythology. ... Eurus, or Euros was a god in Greek mythology, one of the Anemoi the Winds, representing the unlucky east wind that brought warmth and rain. ... In Greek mythology, Notus was the south wind, brother of Eurus, Boreas and Zephyrus (together, the brothers are the Anemoi, the Winds). ...

His Roman mythological equivalent was Favonius, who held dominion over plants and flowers. Roman mythology can be considered as two parts. ... In Roman mythology, Favonius (favorable) held dominion over plants and flowers. ... Divisions Land plants (embryophytes) Non-vascular plants (bryophytes) Hepatophyta - liverworts Anthocerophyta - hornworts Bryophyta - mosses Vascular plants (tracheophytes) Lycopodiophyta - clubmosses Equisetophyta - horsetails Pteridophyta - true ferns Psilotophyta - whisk ferns Ophioglossophyta - adderstongues Seed plants (spermatophytes) †Pteridospermatophyta - seed ferns Pinophyta - conifers Cycadophyta - cycads Ginkgophyta - ginkgo Gnetophyta - gnetae Magnoliophyta - flowering plants Adiantum pedatum (a fern...

He is reported to have several wives in different stories:

  • Zephyrus was said to be the husband of his sister Iris, the goddess of the rainbow;
  • He abducted the goddess Chloris (also his sister) and gave her the domain of flowers. With Chloris, he fathered Ampyx, Mopsus and Carpus. He is said to have vied for Chloris's love with his brother Boreas, eventually winning her devotion;

In the story of Cupid and Psyche, Zephyrus served Cupid by transporting Psyche to his cave. In Greek mythology, Iris was the daughter of Thaumas and the ocean nymph Electra and one of the Oceanids (according to Hesiod), the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. ... Chloris is also a genus of grasses in the Poaceae family. ... Wildflowers A flower is the reproductive organ of those plants classified as angiosperms (flowering plants; Division Magnoliophyta). ... In Greek mythology, Ampyx was the husband of the nymph Chloris and father of Mopsus. ... In Greek mythology, Mopsus was the name of two famous seers: Mopsus, son of Manto and Rhacius or Apollo Mopsus, a celebrated prophet, son of Manto and Rhacius or Apollo. ... Karpos (or Carpus) was a Greek mythological figure, whose name in Greek means fruit. He is the son of Zephyros (the west wind) and Khloris (spring, or new vegetation), together forming a natural metaphor — the west wind comes with the new growth of spring, which later bears fruit. ... Chloris is also a genus of grasses in the Poaceae family. ... There was one person and one god known as Boreas in Greek mythology. ... In Greek mythology, Harpies (robbers) were first beautiful winged women: Hesiod (Theogony) calls them as two lovely-haired creatures. ... In Greek mythology, Podarge (fleet-foot) referred to several different beings. ... In Greek mythology, Celaeno referred to several different beings. ... In Greek mythology, Balius and Xanthus were two immortal horses of Poseidons which he gave to Peleus. ... For other uses, see Achilles (disambiguation). ... The Abduction of Psyche by William Bouguereau The tale of Cupid and Psyche first appeared as a digressionary story told by an old woman in Lucius Apuleius novel, The Golden Ass, written in the second century CE. Apuleius probably used an earlier folk-tale as the basis for his story... Cupidon (French for Cupid), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1875 This article is about the Roman god, for other meanings see Cupid (disambiguation). ...

Zephyros, Hyacinth and Apollo

Hyacinth was a Spartan prince, very handsome and athletic, the lover of Apollo. The pair were practicing throwing the discus when Hyacinth was struck by one, blown off course by Zephyrus, who was jealous of Apollo and loved Hyacinth as well. When Hyacinth died, Apollo created the flower from his blood. The Death of Hyacinthos by Jean Broc. ... Sparta (Grk. ... Apollo (Greek: Απόλλων, Apóllōn) is a god in Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin of Artemis (goddess of the hunt). ... Genera Hyacinthus litwinowii Hyacinthus orientalis Hyacinthus transcaspicus A Hyacinth is any plant of genus Hyacinthus, which are bulbous herbs formerly placed in the lily family Liliaceae but now regarded as the type genus of the separate family Hyacinthaceae. ...

Spoken-word myths - audio files

Zephyrus myths as told by story tellers
1. Apollo, Zephyr and Hyacinth, read by Timothy Carter
Bibliography of reconstruction: Homer, Illiad ii.595 - 600 (c. 700 BCE); Various 5th century BCE vase paintings; Palaephatus, On Unbelievable Tales 46. Hyacinthus (330 BCE); Apollodorus, Library 1.3.3 (140 BCE); Ovid, Metamorphoses 10. 162-219 (1CE - 8 CE); Pausanias, Description of Greece 3.1.3, 3.19.4 (160 - 176 CE); Philostratus the Elder, Images i.24 Hyacinthus (170 - 245 CE); Philostratus the Younger, Images 14. Hyacinthus (170 - 245 CE); Lucian, Dialogues of the Gods 14 (170 CE); First Vatican Mythographer, 197. Thamyris et Musae

Bust of Homer in the British Museum For other uses, see Homer (disambiguation). ... Apollodorus was a popular name in the ancient world. ... Engraved frontispiece of George Sandyss 1632 London edition of Publius Ovidus Naso (Sulmona, March 20, 43 BC â€“ Tomis, now Constanta AD 17) Roman poet known to the English-speaking world as Ovid, wrote on topics of love, abandoned women, and mythological transformations. ... Pausanias was Greek traveller and geographer of the 2nd century A.D., who lived in the times of Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. ... Lucian Lucian of Samosata (greek Λουκιανὸς Σαμοσατεύς, latin Lucianus; c. ...

External links

  • Theoi.com The Anemoi
  • Story of Apollo and Hyacinth

  Results from FactBites:
Zephyrus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (363 words)
In Greek mythology, Zephyrus, or Zephyros (Ζέφυρος) was the gentle god of the west wind, one of the Anemoi.
It was thought that Zephyrus lived in a cave on Thrace.
Zephyrus was said to be the husband of his sister Iris, the goddess of the rainbow;
Taming the Winds (3773 words)
Zephyrus, god of the West Wind, is known in the artistic record of antiquity mainly on account of his romantic attachments, which are somewhat more numerous than those of his brother Boreas; his lovers include the Spartan youth Hyacinthus, the goddess of the Rainbow, Iris, and the goddess of flowers, Chloris-Flora.
Zephyrus enjoys a brief period of popularity in the late Archaic-early Classical (490-460) phase of Attic red-figure pottery, the period that Dover identifies as part of the principal time when scenes of homosexual courtship, pursuit and rape became standard iconographic fare (260), outstripping equivalent heterosexual depictions.
Zephyrus literally flies after him, his body horizontal in the air, his arms outstretched in entreaty - possibly this pose owes something to the ‘Douris’ cups of the preceding decade, which were presumably very popular, given the fact that we have three very similar images.
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