Amalthea is the goat who suckled Zeus when the god was an infant. Out of one of her horns flowed nectar, and out of the other, ambroisia. After Alamthea died, Zeus took her horns and kept the golden apples of the Hesperides in them.

Amalthea is also spelled Amaltheia or Amalthaea.

Pantheon: Greek


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  • Rose, Carol. Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia. W. W. Norton & Company: New York, 1996.

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