Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Γανυµήδης; Latin Ganymede, also Catamitus; Etruscan Catmite)

A. Myth

G., son of King Tros and Callirhoë, is abducted by the gods for his beauty, to serve Zeus for eternity as cupbearer and to please the Olympians by sight of him. Homer, the main source for this myth, only hints at the erotic component of Zeus’ attraction to G. (Hom. Il. 20,231–235; 5,265–267): Zeus compensates Tros for the abduction of his son by giving him divine horses. According to the less influential tradition (Ilias parva fr. 6K), G. is two generations …

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Solch, Brigitte, “Ganymede”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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