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Ganymede, the cup-bearer of the gods

Ganymede of Troy , the cup-bearer of the gods and the lover of Zeus

Ganymede was a very handsome prince of Troy. Zeus, the King of the Gods, fell in love with Ganymede and turned into an eagle. Zeus succeeded in kidnapping Ganymede and carried the young man up to his home on Mount Olympus.

Up in Mount Olympus Ganymede became the lover of Zeus and also served as a cup-holder for the gods by chasing away the Olympian servant and daughter of Hera, Hebe.

Zeus' wife Hera was very jealous of Zeus' affair with Ganymede, but since she could do no harm to Zeus himself, Hera took revenge by abandoning the Trojans during the Trojan War.

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