Hellenistic Mysteries #3 – Page 2

While the period of the Titans is poorly documented in the surviving texts of Ancient Greece, the childhood of Zeus is somewhat better represented.  As with much of Greek myth, however, there is not one source of what happened.  There is a piece here and a piece there, and much of it is contradictory.  We just have to do our best, and in the case of Zeus’ childhood, that meant trying to see how the different pieces from different stories might fit together.

One ancient myth, not strictly from the Greeks, is that the Milky Way sustained to young gods with its milk.  The goat Amalthea is pretty well documented in the surviving texts in a few different stories regarding Zeus’ childhood, so in this case I took some literary liberties and tied the two different legends together into one.

The goat may seem like a pretty minor figure in the story, but without giving too much away, 2500 years after this goat was written about in Greek myth, it would help to inspire the name of a modern day weapons system in use by the American military today.  Just which one will become clear in a few weeks.

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