In Greek mythology, three people shared the name Chloris ( Χλῶρις, Χλωρίς ).

Chloris ("greenish") was the goddess / Nymph of spring, flowers and nature. She was married to Zephyrus and had three children by him: Ampyx, Mopsus and Carpus. Her Roman equivalent was Flora.

Meliboea was a daughter of Niobe and the only one spared when Artemis and Apollo killed the Niobids. She was so frightened by the ordeal that her name changed to Chloris ("the pale one").

Neleus' wife was named Chloris, making her the mother of Nestor, Pero and Alastor.

One of these three people, or a fourth, was the mother of Poriclymenus by Poseidon.

Flora, drawing from a Pompeii fresco

"As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses:
I was Chloris, who am now called Flora
." Ovid

Chloris and Zephyrus from Primavera of Botticelli

Flora, Arnold Böcklin, Berlin

Flora, Jan Matsys


* Chloris , James Pradier, 1900

Her festival, Floralia, was celebrated on April 28 to May 1 until the 4th century

Chloris is also a genus of grasses in the Poaceae family.

Flora and the Zephyrs
Flora and the Zephyrs
Waterhouse, John William
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Flora, 1873, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (11.5.1827 Valenciennes –12.10.1875, Courbevoie) , Orsay Museum Carpeaux

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