Hellenistic Mysteries #3 – Page 3

And so she abandoned him.

You probably were thinking that Zeus was raised by his grandmother, Gaia.  Gaia promised to take care of things for Rhea, but in the end, she turned the task over to others.

Zeus would in fact be raised by two nannies.  One was the nymph, Adamanthea and the other was the goat, Amalthea.  The original myths aren’t entirely consistent on this.  Some say one and some the other.  I think for the sake of our story, in the name of completeness, it is reasonable to believe that both were likely involved.

In any case, it’s an odd pair to put in charge of raising a baby and the god who will one day be king.

I’m forced to wonder, is this where we get our term “nanny goat” from?

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