Aura (Titaness) of the breeze

Αὔρα (Aúra)[1] (Other Titans) Titaness of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning.

330px-Las_Incantadas_Louvre_Ma1393_side_AAura, in ancient Greek and ancient Roman religion, is the divine personification of the breeze. The plural form, Aurae, “Breezes,” is often found.

The velificatio, a billowing garment that forms an arch overhead, is the primary attribute by which an Aura can be identified in art. A pair of velificantes (figures framed by a velificatio) that appear on the Augustan Altar of Peace have sometimes been identified as Aurae.[1] Pliny describes statues of the Aurae velificantes sua veste, “making a sail with their garment,” at the Porticus Octaviae in Rome.[2] Aurae can resemble Nereids, from whom they are distinguishable mainly by the absence of marine imagery.[3]

The Augustan poet Ovid introduces Aura into the tragic story of Cephalus and Procris, playing on the verbal similarity of Aura and Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn who was the counterpart of Greek Eos.[4]

The Dionysiaca of Nonnus (early 5th century) presents the most extended mythology of Aura, though Nonnus is both late and idiosyncratic. In the Dionysiaca, Aura was the daughter of Lelantos and Periboa and mother of Iacchus by Dionysus.

Aurae are also said to partially resemble ghosts, and can become part of the breeze, or can prevent it. They appear to disappear into the air, which, along with the fact that they glide, is why they are often mistaken for spirits of the departed. They are also said to sometimes work with Aeolus, Master of Winds, and are the more gentle cousins of the Harpies.

Aura, the goddess of such breezes, appears in Sandro Botticelli‘s painting The Birth of Venus.


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