The personification of the west wind, is described by Hesiod1 as a son of Astraeus and Eos. Zephyrus and Boreas are frequently mentioned together by Homer, and both dwelt together in a palace in Thrace.2 By the Harpy Podarge, Zephyrus became the father of the horses Xanthus and Balius, which belonged to Achilles;3 but he was married to Chloris, whom he had carried off by force, and by whom he had a son, Carpus.4

On the sacred road from Athens to Eleusis, there was an altar of Zephyrus.5 See also Anemoi.


On the Tower of the Winds (Athens, first century BCE) he is portrayed in relief as a naked, winged youth. He carries spring flowers in the folds of his mantle.



  1. Theogony, 579.
  2. Iliad ix, 5; Odyssey v, 295.
  3. Iliad xvi, 150 ff.
  4. Ovid. Fasti v, 197; Servius on Virgil's Eclogues v, 48.
  5. Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 37.1.


  • Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.