My conculture is set in an area similar to the Mediterranean Sea, only it's almost double the west-east width of it, on a longitute around the same as Rome and Athens and a similar climate (let's take Köppen's "Csa") and with a pre-industrial technology level.
Now I want to develop the mythology and lexicon (I develop the conworld/conculture for my conlang) which is usually highly influenced by the climate, like the names of seasons/months, etc.
Now my big problem is that I never experienced how a Mediterranean year feels like, as I live in Northern Europe (northern Germany where Dsa and Cfb meet). And because of that I'm not sure how to proceed.
For example, I planned on having the concept that the spring is the "birth/beginning" and winter the "death/end", however I'm not sure whether the seasons are similarly perceived as in the "North", where IMO it's very clear that the winter is the "death", as hardly anything grows, whereas in the spring everyting starts to grow, AFAIK.
The main reason I think it may not be realistic to have such a concept in a Mediterranean climate is that in the summer are often droughts, which destroy the harvest, AFAIK, the winter however is quite wet and warm, which leads me to believe that winter is a "friendlier" time than the summer for agriculture. However how true is that? Do I overlook something?
Or in other words, which season would a (ancient Roman/Greek) farmer fear the most or would be the most happy about?
Side question: What are other key difference between a Mediterranean climate (Csa) and a Northern climate (which in my case would be northern Germany's meeting point of Dsa and Cfb), which could influence the mythology?
Thanks in advance