In Roman mythology, Flora (Latin: Flōra) was a goddess of flowers and the season of spring, a symbol for nature and flowers. While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses, her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime.
Her festival, the Floralia, was held between April 28 and May 3 and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, drinking, and flowers. The festival was first instituted in 240 B.C.E but on the advice of the Sibylline books she was given another temple in 238 B.C.E. Her Greek equivalent was Chloris, who was a nymph and not a goddess at all. Flora was married to Favonius, the wind god also known as Zephyr, and her companion was Hercules.
On May 23 another festival was held in her honor.
Flora is the main character of the ballet The Awakening of Flora.
Flora or Hebe by Alexander Roslin
Flora by Louise Abbéma, 1913
Flora by Mosè Bianchi 1890
Claude Vignon, 1650
Flora by Ferdinand Keller, 1883
Flora by Tizian, 1515
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- Ovid, Fasti V.193-212
- Macrobius, Saturnalia I.10.11-14
- Lactantius, Divinae institutions I.20.6-10