Friday, February 8, 2013

Word from Mythology: Ambrosia

AMBROSIA. The word "ambrosia" is borrowed from Greek. The word refers to the food of the immortal gods: a-mbrot-, im-mortal. Beginning in the 18th century, the English word began to be used for any food that was extremely sweet or tasty. While ambrosia was the food of the gods, their drink was called "nectar." You can find out more about the role of ambrosia in Greek mythology in this Wikipedia article.

The image below shows the gods feasting as imagined by the 16th-century ceramic artist Nicola da Urbino: