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Painting (1478) by Sandro Botticelli entitled "Primavera," which means "Spring." National Museum, Naples, Italy. Zephyr is at the far right of the painting. He is depicted pursuing the nymph Chloris. Zephyr's breath causes her to sprout flowers from her mouth. At the center is Venus. On the left of Venus are the Three Graces and on the far left of the painting is Mercury.
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Zephyr

Zephyr was the Greek god of the west wind, the most pleasant wind, which brought the spring season. Even today the name of the god means a warm and light breeze.

Zephyr was the father of two immortal horses, Xanthus and Balius. Their mother was the Harpy, Podarge. The Harpies were scary monsters with the head of a woman and the tail, wings, and legs of a huge bird. The two horses were loyal companions of the famous hero Achille.

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