The eight Winds
was the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter, with warm clothes against the cold, holding a conch which indicates the howling of the wind.
His name meant 'North Wind' or 'Devouring One'. Boreas was very strong, with a violent temper to match.
was the Greek deity of the north-east wind. He is shown as a bearded man with a shield full of hailstones, and his name derives from the Greek κακíα, meaning 'badness' or 'evil'.
was the Greek deity of the south-east wind. As this wind was thought to cause a refreshing rain particularly beneficial to farmers, he is often depicted carrying fruit, draped in a light cloth concealing some flowers or grain.
the folds of whose garments indicate heavy clouds.
the South Wind was associated with desiccating hot wind after midsummer, and was thought to bring the storms of late summer and autumn.
He was feared as a destroyer of crops, and depicted with water pouring from his pitcher.
(or Livos) was the Greek deity of the south-west wind.
He was often portrayed as a young man holding a ship's stern-post, because the south-west wind blew straight into the harbour of Piraeus, preventing ships from sailing.
was the Greek god of the west wind. The gentlest of the winds, Zephyrus is known as the fructifying wind, the messenger of spring, with flowers signifying a mild light breeze.
It was thought that Zephyrus lived in a cave on Thrace.
is depicted as a bearded man tilting a cauldron, indicating that the north-west wind dries up vegetation and represents the onset of winter.