During his secret love affair with Aphrodite (wife of Hephaistus), Ares stationed a sentry named Alectron** (the cock) with orders to warn him when day was breaking. One morning the sentry went to sleep and thus the Sun took the two lovers by surprise and lost no time in telling Hephaistus. Hephaistus then decided to set a trap for his unfaithful wife.
Venus was captivated by Adonis. Despite a warning from Venus to beware of dangerous animals, Adonis had wounded a wild boar with his spear. The boar then pursued Adonis, buried his tusks in Adonis's side and stretched him dying upon the plain. Having given him the warning, Venus had mounted her swan drawn chariot and driven away through the air. Venus had not yet reached Cyprus, when she heard coming up through mid-air the groan of her beloved, and turned her white-winged coursers back to earth. As she drew near and saw from on high his lifeless body bathed in blood, she alighted and bending over it, beat her breast and tore her hair. Reproaching the Fates, she said, "Yet theirs shall be but a partial triumph; memorials of my grief shall endure, and the spectacle of your death, my Adonis, and of my lamentation shall be annually renewed. Your blood shall be changed into a flower; that consolation none can envy me." Thus speaking, she sprinkled nectar on the blood; and as they mingled, bubbles rose as in a pool on which raindrops fall, and in an hour's time there sprang up a flower of bloody hue like that of the pomegranate. But it is short lived. It is said that the wind blows the blossoms open, and afterwards blows the petals away; so it is called Anemone, or Wind Flower, from the cause which assists equally in its production and its decay.
Homer and Hesiod mention four winds, Boreas, Eurus, (in Hesiod, Argestes), and Zephyrus: Aristotle gives twelve, which served as points of the compass..
Pallas Athene (Minerva), the goddess of wisdom, was the offspring of Jupiter, without a mother. She sprang forth from his head, completely armed. Her favourite bird was the owl, and the plant sacred to her was the olive. In commemoration of having united the several tribes of the territory of Attica, of which Athens was the capital, Theseus instituted the festival of Pananthenaea, in honour of Minerva, the patron deity of Athens. The festival differed from the Grecian games chiefly in two particulars. It was peculiar to Athenians, and its chief feature was a solemn procession in which the Peplus, or sacred robe of Minerva, was carried to the Parthenon and suspended before the statue of the goddess. The Peplus was covered with embroidery worked by select virgins of the noblest families of Athens.