La saveur de l’immortalité : les mille et une vertus de l’ambroisie et du nectar dans la tradition homérique

Abstract : Nectar and ambrosia are often considered the drink and the food of the gods. But if the gods are eternal, why should they need to drink and eat? To put it differently, is it a necessity for the gods to nourish themselves in order to keep on being immortal? And does the consumption of these products bring them immortality automatically? These questions address the problematic status of these mysterious substances: shall we consider nectar and ambrosia as the « foodstuff of immortality », e.g. some powerful remedy preventing decay and death? We cannot answer the question correctly if we envisage it from an alimentary perspective. This paper, which focuses on an analysis of Homeric poetry, aims at showing that nectar and ambrosia are much more than nutritious substances (trophè) for the gods; they both establish a complex and subtle relationship between the brotoi and the ambrotoi.
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Adeline Grand-Clément. La saveur de l’immortalité : les mille et une vertus de l’ambroisie et du nectar dans la tradition homérique. Pallas. Revue d'études antiques, Presses universitaires du Mirail, 2018, pp.69-83. ⟨hal-01886998⟩

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