Flora, The Goddess of Flowers and Springtime

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Flora, a Roman goddess of flowers and the springtime, is a representation of nature and flowers.

The Floralia, her festival, which took place from April 28 to May 3 and represented the rebirth of the cycles of life, drinking, and flowers. Chloris, a nymph, is Chlora’s Greek counterpart. She was one of numerous fertility deities in Roman mythology, and although she was often a minor character, the arrival of spring gave her special significance, as did her status as the goddess of youth. She was one of the Floralis, one of the flamines minores, one of the fifteen goddesses with their own flamen. Chloris is her Greek equivalent.

Homage to the Goddess Flora with a Feast of the Gods
Homage to the Goddess Flora with a Feast of the Gods (source). Workshop of Jan Brueghel the Younger and Workshop of Hendrik van Balen the Elder

Featured image: Primavera, Sandro Botticelli




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