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Boreas (North Wind), Tower of Winds in Athens
He blows the cold north wind through a large shell.

Boreas and Cæcias and Argestes loud
...rend the woods, and seas upturn.
Milton, Paradise Lost, x. 699, etc. (1665).

Boreas ("north wind" or "devouring") was the Greek god with that name, one of the Anemoi the Winds, the winged sons of Eos and Aeolus: Eurus the East Wind, Notus the desiccating South Wind, and Zephyrus the gentle West Wind. 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.

13119 : Red Figure Hydria. Boreas and Oreithyia

Boreas and Oreithyia, Evelyn De MorganBoreas and Oreithyia (a romantic version)

Boreas and Oreithyia

Boreas and Oreithyia

He kidnapped Oreithyia, an Athenian princess, from the river llissus and with her fathered the Boreads and Chione.

His Roman mythological equivalent was Aquilo.

The Greeks believed that his home was in Thrace, and Herodotus and Pliny both describe a land beyond the northern wind known as Hyperborei, where people lived in complete happiness to extreme years.

Boreas was the father of Butes.

Marble statue of Boreas from the Archaeological Museum of Delos

Boreasmi or Boreasmus Festival

The Anemoi

Links

  • Taming the Winds .. (Whatever you wanted to know about Greek and Roman Winds... )
  • The Tower of Winds
  • Drawing of Boreas (http://members.shaw.ca/keithheidorn/wxdrphotos/boreas.gif)

Boreas’ Rape of Oreithyia, Peter Paul Rubens c. 1615

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