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Also known as AMALTHEIA

The Foster Mother of [ZEUS] — or possibly her goat.

One of the NYMPHS, she was called in to suckle the infant ZEUS amidst much secrecy and intrigue. At all costs CRONUS must not know of his son's existence, so she hid him in a cave on Mount Aigaion.

It probably wasn't much fun hiding baby ZEUS in such a spot. Particularly as she'd employed a team of CYBELE worshippers to dance and drum and make incredibly loud noises outside the cave to ensure no-one heard baby ZEUS wailing.

Other versions of the legend claim that AMALTHEA was not so much a Nymph as a Goat. Okay, so Mount Aigaion means 'Mountain of the Goat', but that's hardly convincing proof.

In these versions, poor baby ZEUS is left to create his own entertainment as AMALTHEA the Goat would not, we imagine, be very talkative. Strictly a suckling and warmth cuddles deal there.

Goat or Nymph? Let the reader decide. Perhaps AMALTHEA the Nymph kept a goat. The answer may lie in the stars where you'll find her leading a quiet and secretive life in the constellation of Capricorn the goat.

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Article last updated on 01 January 2006
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AMALTHEIA
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