AMALTHEIA , inGreek
See also:mythology, the
See also:mother of
See also:Zeus . She is sometimes represented as the
See also:goat which suckled the
See also:god in a cave in Crete, sometimes as a nymph of uncertain parentage (daughter of
See also:Oceanus, Haemonius,
See also:Olen, Melisseus), who brought him up on the milk of a goat . This goat having broken off one of its horns, Amaltheia filled it with
See also:flowers and fruits and presented if to Zeus, who placed it together with the goat amongst the stars . According to another
See also:story, Zeus himself broke off the
See also:horn and gave it to Amaltheia, promising that it would supply whatever she desired in abundance . Amaltheia gave it to Achelous (her reputed
See also:brother), who exchanged it for his own horn which had been broken off in .hiS contest with Heracles for the possession of Deianeira . According to
See also:ancient mythology, the owners of the horn were many and various . Speaking generally, it was regarded as the
See also:symbol of inexhaustible riches and plenty, and became the attribute of various divinities (Hades, Gaea,
See also:Demeter, Cybele, Hermes), and of
See also:rivers (the Nile) as fertilizers of the
See also:land . The
See also:term " horn of Amaltheia " is applied to a fertile
See also:district, and an
See also:estate belonging to Titus
See also:Pomponius Atticus was called Amaltheum . Cretan coins represent the infant Zeus being suckled by the goat; other Greek coins exhibit him suspended from its teats or carried in the arms of a nymph (Ovid,
See also:Fasti, v . 115; Metam. ix . 87) .
POMPONIO AMALTLO (15o5–r584)
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