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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 an eromenos of Dionysus. As foreseen by Dionysus, the youth was killed in an accident with a bull. After he died, Dionysus turned him into a grape vine and created wine from his blood.

Ampelose (singular: Ampelos) were also a variety of hamadryad.

Sources

  • Nonnus, Dionisiaca (X.175-430; XI; XII.1-117);
  • Ovid, Fasti (III.407-414).
  • G. López Monteagudo, The Triumph of Dionysus in Two Mosaics in Spain A study of the Roma mosaics found at Baños de Valdearados, Spain

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