nurse of Jupiter was Amalthaea. To reward her kindness Jupiter, it is said, placed her among the constellations, and gave one of her horns to the nymphs who had aided in taking care of him during his infancy. This gift possessed the power of imparting to its holder whatever he desired. On this account
the Latin word "cornucopia" denotes plenty; the word "Amal-thoea," when used figuratively, has the same meaning. The whole story is a solar allegory, alluding to the arrival of the sun among the stars of Capricorn, at which time the fruits of the earth—"corn, oil, and wine"—have all been gathered in and stored away, so that, although winter comes to desolate the land, the industrious husbandman is yet blessed with "plenty."
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