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Amaltheia Ἀμάλθεια
(705 words)

I. Name

Amaltheia is the name of the goat that suckled baby Zeus right after his birth (so Callimachus, Apollodorus, Diodorus Siculus), or of the nymph who nursed and fed him on goat’s milk (so Ovid and Hyginus). The ‘Horn of Amaltheia’ (Ἀμαλθείας Κέρας) was one of the horns of this goat or, according to others, a horn possessed by the nymph, which provided in abundance whatever one wished, and became the well-known image of the ‘horn of plenty’ or cornucopia. This occurs in the LXX of Job 42.14 and in T. Job 1, 3 as …

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G. Mussies, “Amaltheia Ἀμάλθεια”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Amaltheia>

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