Hyperboreans (beyond-the-north-wind men) In Greek mythology, a people who lived in everlasting springtime north of the great river Oceanus, or at the North Pole, or in Britain. They were worshippers of Apollo, who, according to their belief, spent the winter months with them when he left his shrine at Delphi. Herodotus’s History (book 4) says the Hyperboreans sent wheat-straw offerings to Apollo’s shrine at Delos. Heracles brought the first olive tree to Olympus from their land, according to some accounts.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow-Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante