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Ganymede
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(Γανυμήδης; Ganymḗdēs, Etruscan Catmite, Latin apart from G. also Catamitus).

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[1] Cupbearer to Zeus

In Greek mythology (main source: Hom. Il 20,231-235) the son of the Dardanian king Tros (Iliad parva 29,4 PEG I: son of Laomedon), who as the most beautiful human was abducted to the Olympus to serve Zeus as cupbearer in eternal youth and to delight the gods with his beauty. He is either abducted in a windstorm (H. Hom. 5,202), by  Iris (in art, possibly already in Ibycus…

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Visser, Edzard (Basle) and Ameling, Walter (Jena), “Ganymede”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e418930>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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