A rose and an amaranth bloomed side by side in a garden, and the Amaranth said to her neighbor, "How I envy you for your beauty and sweet scent! You are a favorite among gods and with men."
But the Rose replied with a tone of sadness in her voice, "Ah, my dear friend, I bloom but for a time. My petals soon wither and fall, and then I die. But your flowers never fade, even if they are cut; for they are everlasting."
Aesop, writing in the 6th century B.C., wrote "The Oak and the Reed" as well as "The Trees and the Bramble." In these fables the two argued with each other as to which was the better of the two. "The Rose And the Amaranth" is gentle and caring, and simply compares fleeting beauty with long lasting beauty.
The Greek word translated Amaranth comes from two words. Together they means "unfading flower" or "everlasting.” Amaranth is high in iron and calcium. It's fiber content is 3x that of wheat. The ancient peoples of South America and Mexico used amaranth grain in their recipes.
While we have Greece in our thoughts here it may be of interest that the Greek island of Rhodes is named for the roses found there. Rhodes comes from the Greek word for rose.
There is a popular song entitled "Amaranth."
AMARANTH Game LLC is a company that produces electronic games.