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December 22nd 2009
Boreas featured often on Greek pots from 480 BC -420 BC. Herodotus tells us that the Greeks in their hour of need called on him for help when threatened by invasion by the Persian fleet. Herodotus says "the ships were duly scattered" so the greeks thought Boreas was responsible and built many shrines in his honour and of course put him on their pots.
The god of the North wind ...Boreas , he went on to say that the potter himself may have fought in the battle at Salamis Bay and he went on to tell me what I already knew about the connection betyween Boreas and the Persian wars.
Two other similar images of Boreas on Greek pottery.
On the other side of Kyri's pirece is the figure of Oreithyia.
Boreas ( Βορέας, ) was the Greek god of the cold North Wind and the bringer of winter. His name meant "North Wind" or "Devouring One".
Boreas was said to be very strong and with a violent temper. He was frequently shown as a winged old man with shaggy hair that is sometimes frosted and spiked and beard, holding a conch shell and wearing a billowing cloak. Pausanias wrote that Boreas had snakes instead of feet, though in art he was usually depicted with winged human feet.
Boreas was closely associated with horses. He was said to have fathered twelve colts with the mares of Erichthonius king of Troy, after taking the form of a stallion,. These were said to be able to run across a field of grain without trampling the plants. The Greeks believed that his home was in Thrace, and Herodotus and Pliny both describe a northern land known as Hyperborea ("Beyond the North Wind"), where people lived in complete happiness to a very great age.
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