Greek Gods Who Carry Our Stories on the Wind

The Cast of Characters:


in Homer's Odyssey Aeolus was the Keeper of the Winds. He gave Odysseus a closed bag that contained all winds, except for the gentle West Wind that would take him home. 

However, Odysseus' companions, thinking the bag contained riches, opened the bag. The winds escaped, blowing the ship in all directions and thus extending their voyage back home.


The Anemoi were the four wind gods in Greek mythology, each of them corresponding to one of the four cardinal directions (North, South, West, East) from which they came. They were the children of Aeolus, the Keeper of the Winds, and Eos, the Titan goddess of the Dawn. The four gods were Boreas (North Wind), Notus (South Wind), Zephyrus (West Wind) and Eurus (East Wind).


Eurus was considered to be an unlucky east wind who could ruin the harvest by bringing rain in the autumn season.


Boreas was often described as a bearded old man with wings, who held a conch shell. He personified with winter,  bringing cold weather.


Zephyrus lived in a cave in the region of Thrace, and was considered the gentlest wind of the four..  He brought the springtime blooms to the Greece.


Notus brought the hot wind that would blow after midsummer, causing the crops to burn during a drought.

Horologion • The Wind Tower

in the Roman Agora of Athens, a wind tower was constructed around 100 BC. with a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane

Since the agora (marketplace) was the center of each Greek city-state, it was symbolically the center of the world.  Hence, the winds from all directions blew to the wind tower, and images of the 8 Greek wind gods were portrayed atop the outside octagonal walls.

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