Cornucopia

Why can’t a regularly shaped basket flowing over with produce be a cornucopia?  Why is a cornucopia always horn-shaped?  The cornucopia dates back to the birth of Zeus – so says Greek mythology.

Baby Zeus was hidden from sight of his violent father Cronus.  He grew up in the mountains where the goat Amalthea was one of his care-takers.  Baby Zeus was particularly strong, even as an infant, and accidentally broke off one of the horns of Amalthea.  The horn from the nurse-maid produced a wonderful, never-ending abundance of food.

Cornucopia actually means ‘horn of plenty’, cornu copiae. 

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