), the personification of the west wind, is described by Hesiod (Theog. 579
) 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. (Il. 9.5
, Od. 5.295
By the Harpy Podarge, Zephyrus became the father of the horses Xanthus and Balius, which belonged to Achilles (Hom. Il. 16.150
, &c.); but he was married to Chloris, whom he had carried off by force, and by whom he had a son Carpus. (Ov. Fast. 5.197
; Serv. ad Virg. Eclog.
5.48.) On the sacred road from Athens to Eleusis, there was an altar of Zephyrus. (Paus. 1.37.1