In Greek mythology
are the food of the gods.
It is believed that the two terms were not originally distinguished—though in Homer
's poems and later works, nectar is the drink and ambrosia the food.
On the other hand, in Alcman
nectar is the food, and in Sappho
and Anaxandrides ambrosia the drink.
Each is used in Homer as an unguent (Iliad,
xiv. 170; xix. 38). Both are fragrant, and maybe used as perfume
According to W. H. Röscher (Nektar und Ambrosia,
1883; see also his article in Röscher's Lexikon der Mythologie
) nectar and ambrosia were originally only different forms of the same substance - honey
, regarded as a dew, like manna
, fallen from heaven, which was used both as food and drink. See also Ichor
is a sugar
-rich liquid produced by the flowers
of plants in order to attract pollenating animals. Nectar is the principal raw ingredient for honey