Zephyr, the West Wind was the kindliest of the four brothers.
Like all winds, he was the sone of Dawn and his father was
Astreus. The West Wind came in springtime. He melted snow. He
brought warm rain. And the waters of the melting snow and the
warm rain waters sankminto the earth and brought up flowers and
trees and all crops that fed mankind. According to one legend,
he sired Achilles' marvelous stallions, Balius and Xanthus; their
mother was the Harpy, Podarge. In another legend, he married
Chloris, a beautiful nymphs whom the Romans called "Flora," and
was a flower deity. As a wedding gift Zephyrus planted a garden
for Chloris, and this garden bloomed all the year around, bearing
the loveliest of flowers and fruit.
The Four Winds: Boreas, the North Wind; Favonius, the South Wind;
Eurus, the East Wind; and Zephyr, the West Wind. Aeolus was the
King of the Winds.