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Nov 24, 2016

Even though my family’s dining room table is usually too full of food for any sort of decoration, there’s one particular centerpiece associated with Thanksgiving. Whether you paid an exorbitant amount of money for one at Williams-Sonoma, or found one at a consignment shop, this symbol of abundance has been seen

In this episode, we’ll be talking about Greek mythology involving the horn of plenty, how it came to grace Thanksgiving tables and still-life paintings, and even its appearance in The Hunger Games.

I'm your host Emily Prokop and this is The Story Behind The Cornucopia.

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Sources:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/from-zeus-to-williamssonoma-the-history-of-the-cornucopia

http://www.theoi.com/Ther/AixAmaltheia.html

http://www.mythphile.com/2010/11/the-cornucopia-horn-of-plenty-in-greek-myth/

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/history-homework-help/126590-what-is-a-cornucopia/

http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Cornucopia

http://www.thedailymeal.com/history-cornucopia