In Greek mythology, Ganymede was a Trojan prince, son of Tros or
Laomedon. He was the most beautiful of all morals. Ganymede was carried
off by Zeus either in his natural shape or in the form of an eagle or he
sent his eagle to fetch Ganymede into heaven (Mt Olympus). Ganymede was
carried off, to be the cupbearer of Zeus, in which office he was
conceived to have succeeded Hebe. Zeus compensated the father of
Ganymede, with the present of a pair of divine horses, and Hermes who
took the horses to Ganymede's father, at same time comforted him by
informing him that by will of Zeus, Ganymede had became immoral and
exempt from old age. The other version state that the compensation which
Zeus have to Ganymede's father consisted of a golden vine.
Zeus and Ganymede
writers describe him as the beloved and favorite of Zeus. Ganymede was
frequently represented as the god of homosexual love. In a rare version,
Ganymede was said to be carried of by Tantalus or Minos, and that he
was killed during the chase.