Gold Areion represents the great wealth of Poseidon, god of the sea. Poseidon changes the horse from black to gold when he wishes to impress the other gods with his riches. Areion retains his wild nature, however.
The Greek gods could take many forms, and Poseidon, god of thesea, once took the form of a horse and fathered Areion-a wild,winged horse blessed with great speed. Few could tame the steedenough to ride it, although Hercules was purported to have done so.Poseidon's chariot might still be seen skirting the waves in a wildMediterranean storm, with Areion at the end of the reins, wingspumping furiously. The majestic horse fears neither wave nor gale,and only the strong hand of the sea god can hold the steed incheck.
Needing to impress his brother, Hades and Zeus, Poseidon decidedto put on a show with his son Areion, the fastest flying horse ofthe ancient world. He ordered sea nymphs to search shipwrecks forgold coins, and they returned with great treasure.
After smelting the gold in his undersea palace, Poseidon orderedthe speedy Areion to fly through a waterfall of gold, which gildedthe black horse. Areion was still the speediest horse in all theworld, but now he streaked through the heavens like a gold comet,aweing even Zeus and Hades, both of whom coveted the shinysteed.
Areion was nearly impossible to tame, however, even for the godof the sky and the god of the underworld. Poseidon agreed to allowthe horse to spend one month every year in Zeus' stables andanother month in Hades' barn, where his brother gods could admirethe beautiful horse.