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Horn of Plenty [Cornu-coʹpia]


Emblem of plenty.

Ceʹrēs is drawn with a ram’s horn in her left arm, filled with fruits and flowers. Sometimes they are being poured on the earth from “the full horn,” and sometimes they are held in it as in a basket. Diodoʹrus (iii. 68) says the horn is one from the head of the goat by which Jupiter was suckled. He explains the fable thus: “In Libya,” he says, “there is a strip of land shaped like a horn, bestowed by King Ammon on his bride Amalthæa, who nursed Jupiter with goat’s milk.

“When Amaltheʹa’s horn

Oʹer hill and dale the rose-crowned Flora pours,

And scatters corn and wine, and fruits and flowers.”

Camoens: Lusiad, book ii.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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