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Zephyrus
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(Ζέφυρος/Zéphyros). Personification of the west wind. According to Hesiod, Z. is the son of Astraeus and Eos and one of the three useful winds along with Boreas and Notus (Hes. Theog. 378-380; 869-871). With the Harpy Podarge, he fathers the horses of Achilles [1] (Hom. Il. 16,150). As the jealous lover of Hyacinthus [1], he deflects the course of Apollo's discus so that it hits and kills Hyacinthus (Ps.-Palaephatus 47 Westermann; Lucian, Salt. 45; Lucian, Dial. D. 16 MacLoud). Z. marries the nymph Chloris [1] Flora and gives her the realm of flowers (Ov. Fast. 5…

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Rausch, Sven, “Zephyrus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 08 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12216400>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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