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InÂ GreekÂ mythology, theÂ AnemoiÂ (ahâ€¢nehâ€¢moy, inÂ Greek,Â Î†Î½ÎµÎ¼Î¿Î¹Â â€” “winds“) wereÂ wind godsÂ who were each ascribed aÂ cardinal direction, from which their respective winds came, and were each associated with variousÂ seasonsÂ andÂ weatherÂ conditions. They were sometimes represented as mereÂ gusts of wind, at other times were personified asÂ wingedmen, and at still other times were depicted asÂ horsesÂ kept in the stables of the storm godÂ Aeolus, who providedÂ OdysseusÂ with the Anemoi in theÂ Odyssey.Â Astraeus, the astrological deity sometimes associated withÂ Aeolus, andÂ Eos, the goddess of theÂ dawn, were the parents of the Anemoi, according to theÂ GreekÂ poetÂ Hesiod.
Of the four chief Anemoi,Â BoreasÂ was the north wind and bringer of cold winter air,Â NotusÂ was the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn, andÂ ZephyrusÂ was the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes;Â Eurus, the east wind, was not associated with any of the threeÂ Greek seasons, and is the only one of these four Anemoi not mentioned in Hesiod’sÂ TheogonyÂ or in theÂ Orphic Hymns. Additionally, four lesser Anemoi were sometimes referenced, representing the northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest winds.