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In Roman mythology, Flora (Latin: Flōra) was a goddess of flowers and the season of spring. 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, and her companion was Hercules.
On May 23 another festival was held in her honor.
She is the main character of the ballet The Awakening of Flora.
Flora or HebeAlexander Roslin
FloraLouise Abbéma, 1913
Goddess Flora depiction Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634
Portrait of Flora Rembrandt van Rijn, 1635
Le Triomphe de Flore (The Triumph of Flora), Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1886
- Ovid, Fasti V.193-212
- Macrobius, Saturnalia I.10.11-14
- Lactantius, Divinae institutions I.20.6-10
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