Boreas, Boreas name, meaning of Boreas
Information about the name Boreas
- Etymology of the name Boreas.
- History of the name Boreas.
- Pronunciation of the name Boreas.
Origin and meaning of the name Boreas
According to Greek mythology, Boreas was the son of the titan Astreus and the goddess Eos, the goddess of dawn. He was the brother of Zephyrus (the west wind) and Noto (the south wind). He was known for his bad temper, his violence and his passion for Orithia, an Athenian princess who he kidnapped and took to Thrace. There he married her and had four children: Calais, Zetes, Cleopatra and Chione.
Boreas was also the father of twelve winged foals that were born from unions with the mares of Ericthonius, king of the Dardanians. These horses were as fast as their father the wind and it is said that they participated in the adventures of the Argonauts.
Boreas was represented as a winged old man with beard and shaggy hair, carrying a conch shell and wearing a cloud robe. Its Roman equivalent was Aquilo or Aquilon. An alternative and rarer name used for the north wind was Septentrio, a word derived from septem triones, “seven oxen”, alluding to the constellation Ursa Major.
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