Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ἱπποι Ερεχθειοι Hippoi Erekhtheioi -- Horses of Erekhtheus

XANTHOS & PODARKES were two immortal horses which the Athenian King Erekhtheus received from Boreas, god of the north wind, as the bride-price for his daughter Oreithyia.

BOREAS & AELLOPOS (Nonnus Dionysiaca 37.155)

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 37. 155 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"First Erekhtheus [king of Athens] brought his horse Xanthos (Bayard) under the yoke, and fastened in his mare Podarkes (Swiftfoot); both sired by North-wind Boreas in winged coupling when he dragged a Sithonian Harpyia Aellopos to himself, and Wind gave them as loveprice to his godfather Erekhtheus when he stole Attic Oreithyia for his bride."

Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ξανθος Xanthos Xanthus Bay, Bayard
Ποδαρκης Podarkês Podarces Swift-footed


  • Nonnos, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th AD