VENTI

The gods of the winds, Roman counterparts of the Greek Anemi [see ANEMI]. In the Museum Pio-Clementinum there exists a marble monument upon which the winds are described with their Greek and Latin names, viz. Septentrio (Aparctias), Eurus (Euros, or southeast), and between these two Aquilo (Boreas), Vulturnus (Caicias) and Solanus (Apheliotes). Between Eurus and Notus (Notos) there is only one, the Euroauster (Euronotus); between Notus and Favonius (Zephyrus) are marked Austro-Africus (Libonotus), and Africus (Lips); and between Favonius and Septentrio we find Chrus (lapyx) and Circius (Thracius). The winds were represented by poets and artists in different ways; the latter usually represented them as beings with wings at their heads and shoulders (Ov. Met. i. 264, &c.; Philostr. Icon. i. 24).

The Winds (Palazzo Labia), by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), Italian Baroque painter

The Winds (Palazzo Labia), by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), Italian Baroque painter