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ZEPHYRUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 975 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ZEPHYRUS, in Greek mythology, the west wind (whence the English " zephyr," a light breeze), brother of Boreas, the north wind, and son of the Titan Astraeus and Eos, the dawn. He was the husband of Chloris, the goddess of flowers, by whom he had a son, Carpus, the god of fruit (Ovid, Fasti, v. 197); by the harpy Podarge he was also the father of Xanthus and Balius, the horses of Achilles. Being spurned by Hyacinthus (q.v.), he caused his death by accident at the hands of Apollo. He was identified by the Romans with Favonius, and Chioris with Flora.
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