Greek Mythology

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AMPELOS

Greek legendary mortal

Also known as Αμπελος

A real wine-lover – in more ways than one

He was a handsome young man, the son of a satyr and one of the Nymphs. He was crazy about wine and Dionysus, the God of Wine, was crazy about him.

The two passionate drinkers loved to hang out together and everything was wonderful. But not for long. We regret to inform you that Ampelos died very young due to a terrible drink-related accident.

There are several versions of this story. He may have fell out of a vine-covered tree while picking grapes, or been tossed while attempting to ride a bull after drinking too many bottles of wine. Maybe he was tossed into the tree by a drunken bull.

The police accident report is very vague and full of rumor. All we know for sure is that the incident was grape-related. Hence the expression ‘heard it on the grapevine’.

Anyway, poor Dionysus was devastated at losing his best buddy and wine lover (and vice versa). So he asked for the body of Ampelos to be placed in the sky as a memorial constellation. He hasn’t fallen out of the sky yet.

Other versions of the story claim that viniculture-obsessed Dionysus transformed him into a grapevine – and spent many happy hours thereafter plucking his grapes.

Ampelos Facts and Figures

Name: Ampelos
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Αμπελος

Gender: Male
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1446

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Article last revised on November 20, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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