English: Zephyrus and Hyacinthos. Attic red-figured cup signed by Douris as painter, found at Tarquinia, c. 490-480 BCE. Bears inscription CHAIRE[STRATOSKALOS]. See Beazley, ARV2, 443, 225. Catharine Page Perkins Fund. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Inv. 95.31.
Zephyrus, god of the west wind. The gentlest of the winds known as the fructifying wind, the messenger of spring. He lives in a cave in Thrace.
He has had several wives. The husband of Iris goddess of the rainbow. He abducted another of his sisters, the goddess Chloris, and gave her the domain of flowers. With Chloris, he fathered Carpus. He is said to have vied for Chloris's love with his brother Boreas, eventually winning her devotion. Additionally, with yet another sister and lover, the harpy Podarge (also known as Celaeno), Zephyrus was said to be the father of Balius and Xanthus, Achilles' horses.
Hyacinth was a very handsome and athletic Spartan prince. Zephyrus fell in love with him and courted him and so did Apollo. The two competed for the boy's love, but he chose Apollo, driving Zephyrus mad with jealousy. Later, catching Apollo and Hyacinth throwing a discus, Zephyrus blew a gust of wind at them, striking the boy in the head with the falling discus. When Hyacinth died, Apollo created the hyacinth flower from his blood.
In the story of Cupid and Psyche, Zephyrus served Cupid by transporting Psyche to his cave.
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