Ambrosia (immortal) In Greek mythology, the honey-flavored food of the gods, as nectar was their drink. Doves daily brought ambrosia from the far west to Zeus and the other gods. Ambrosia was also the name given to anointing oil, which was believed to preserve the dead from decay. Homer’s Iliad (books 1, 14, 16, 24), Vergil’s Aeneid (book 1), and Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 2) all cite the magic food.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante
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