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Pronunciation : ee-OH-luhs

(Greek Deity) AEOLUS

In a nutshell ...
Greek God of : Wind
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Stormy wind god who lived on Aeola.

Aeolus was the son of King Hippotes but shunned all rights of heir-dom. He shunned all visitors when he moved his family to Aeola too and built a huge brass wall around his entire island.

Being a high security island made it the ideal place to hide the storm-winds, squalls and tempests, and Aeolus was held in such high regard by the Olympians that they gave him free reign to dish out the winds as he saw fit.

But he loved a good story and Odysseus, returning from Troy, told such wondrous tails of heroism and adventure that Aeolus gave him a parting party bag stuffed full of potentially troublesome winds that would guarantee him a trouble free return home.

Within eye-shot of Ithica a war-weary Odysseus took a well earned nap but was horrified when he woke up to find himself back at Aeola.
It seems the crew were convinced that captain Odyssey was witholding gold and other precious war booty, and as they opened the bag to take a peek the winds escaped and blew them way off course. Unfortunately Aeolus is only helpful once per hero.
Family Tree ...
Parents : King Hippotes
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Don't know, sorry
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'AEOLUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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