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Amalthea
(336 words)

(Ἀμάλθεια; Amáltheia).

[German version]

[1] Cretan Nymph

Cretan nymph, daughter of Haemonius, by whose goat Zeus was suckled after his birth (Call. h. 1,49). Rationalizing versions make the nymph a goat (Aix). Zeus used the skin of the goat, the aigis, to conquer the titans (Hom. Il. 15,229 schol. D = POxy. 3003). Ovid (Fast. 5,111-28) connected the myth with another, presumably independent, tradition…

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Bremmer, Jan N. (Groningen), “Amalthea”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e117060>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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