Geschichte von Aiolos


AIOLOS (Aeolus) was the divine keeper of the winds and king of the mythical, floating island of Aiolia  (Aeolia). He kept the violent Storm-Winds locked safely away inside the cavernous interior of his isle, releasing them only at the command of greatest gods to wreak devastation upon the world.



The hero Odysseus once visited Aiolos' isle and was entrusted with a bag containing all of the Storm-Winds to ensure a safe voyage home. However, during the trip, the hero's greedy companions opened the bag in a search for gold and the escaping winds carried their ship all the way back to Aiolos'shore. The Winds were often conceived of as
horse-shaped gods or spirits, and as such Aiolos was titled Hippotades, "the reiner of horses," from the Greek words hippos ("horse") and tadĂȘn ("reined in tightly").

 

*Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.