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Amaltheia

by Micha F. Lindemans
The divine goat who suckled Zeus on Crete, his island of birth, when he was still an infant. In other traditions, Amaltheia was a nymph who nourished Zeus with honey and the milk of a goat. Out of gratitude Zeus turned one of the goat's horns into the Cornucopia ("horn of plenty") which was always filled with whatever its possessor wished. In some traditions, the goat's skin became the Aegis, the legendary shield of Athena.

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  • Also known as:
    Amalthea
  • Pronunciation:
    am-al-thee'-uh
  • Etymology:
    Tender

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