Boreas in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
（*Bore/as or Βορᾶς), the North wind, was, according to
Hesiod (Hes. Th. 379), a son of Astraeus and Eos, and
brother of Hesperus, Zephyrus, and Notus. He dwelt in a cave
of mount Haemus in Thrace. (Callim. hymn. in Del. 63.) He is
mixed up with the early legends of Attica in the story of
his having carried off Oreithyia, the daughter of
Erechtheus, by whom he begot Zetes, Calais, and Cleopatra,
the wife of Phineus, who are therefore called Boreades. (Ov.
Met. 6.683, &c.; Apollon. 1.211; Apollod. 3.15.2; Paus.
1.19.6.) In the Persian war, Boreas shewed his friendly
disposition towards the Athenians by destroying the ships of
the barbarians. (Hdt. 7.189.) He also assisted the
Megalopolitans against the Spartans, for which he was
honoured at Megalopolis with annual festivals. (Paus.
8.36.3.) According to an Homeric tradition (Il. 20.223),
Boreas begot twelve horses by the mares of Erichthonius,
which is commonly explained as a mere figurative mode of
expressing the extraordinary swiftness of those horses. On
the chest of Cypselus he was represented in the act of
carrying off Oreithyia, and here the place of his legs was
occupied by tails of serpents. (Paus. 5.19.1.) Respecting
the festivals of Boreas, celebrated at Athens and other
places, see Dict. of Ant. s. v. Βορεασμοί. - A Dictionary of
Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Boreas in Wikipedia
Boreas (Greek: Βορέας, Boréas) was the Greek god of the cold
north wind and the bringer of winter. His name meant "North
Wind" or "Devouring One". Boreas is depicted as being very
strong, with a violent temper to match. He was frequently
shown as a winged old man with shaggy hair 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...