GanymedeLatin Name: Ganymede
Greek Name: Ganymedes
Cultural Counterpart(s): none identified
Gender: Male
Location Born: Troy
Classified: Spirit of the Constellations (Aquarius)/Mortal who became an Immortal Diety


  • Father: King Tros (Some accounts indicate that King Laomedon was Gandymede's Father)
  • Mother: Callirrhoë
  • Brother(s): Illus (Ilos), Assaracus (Assarakos) (Tithonus, son of King Laomedon)
  • Sister(s): Cleopatra (Kleopatra)


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Ganymede and ZeusThe Most Beautiful of All Mortals

Mythology portrays the constellation of Aquarius as the cup-bearer Ganymede, the most beautiful of all mortals. It was Zeus who place Gandymede's image among the stars as Aquarius, The Water Bearer.

The myth relates that Hebe, the daughter of Juno, and goddess of youth, was the cup-bearer to the gods. The more prevalent story is that she resigned her office upon becoming the wife of Hercules. However, there is another version of the story. As it goes, Hebe was dismissed from her office in consequence of an awkward fall she experienced one day. The fall was during a solemn occasion when in attendance of the gods.

Ganymede replaces Hebe

Needing a replacement, the gods chose Ganymede, a Trojan Prince, purported to be the most beautiful mortal alive.

Zeus himself, disguised as an eagle, the bird of Jove, seized Ganymede from the Trojan landscape and carried him off to Mount Olympus to become the new cup-bearer to the gods. (A variation of this version is that Zeus took Ganymede from Eos, the seductress of young mortals, who had abducted him first along with Tithonus).

Compensation for Ganymede

Later, Hermes, representing Zeus/Jupiter, visited King Tros. He assured him that his son had become immortal and was happy in his service to the gods and to the father of heaven, Zeus. In a effort to help ease the king's loss, he presented Tros with two very gifted white horses and a vine of gold made by Hephaestus.


"And godlike Gandymede, most beautiful
Of men; the gods beheld and caught him up
To heaven, so beautiful was he, to pour
The wine to Jove, and ever dwell with them."
-- Homer

"There, too, flushed Ganymede, his rosy thigh
Half buried in the eagle's down,
Sole as a flying star shot through the sky
Above the pillared town."



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-- Ambrose Bierce

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-- William Shakespeare 

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“A one sentence definition of mythology? "Mythology" is what we call someone else's religion” 
-- Joseph Campbell


"In all the antique religions, Mythology takes the place of dogma."
-- William Robertson Smith

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-- Thomas Jefferson

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"A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world."
-- Alan Watts

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