the vine

Ampelos (ἄμπελος) is the ancient Greek for “Vine”

In an etiology told by Nonnus, the vine is personified as a beautiful satyr youth, who was loved by the god Dionysus. According to Nonnus, Ampelos was gored to death by a wild bull after he mocked the goddess Selene, Upset by his death, Dionysus transformed Ampelos’s body into the first grape vine and created wine from his blood.



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