The Legend of Aquarius: Ganymedes

“Ganymedes was the loveliest born of the race of mortals, and therefore the gods caught him away to themselves, to be Zeus’ wine-pourer, for the sake of his beauty, so he might be among the immortals.” Homer, Iliad

  • 14.11.2016
  • Pelin Sürmeli

 

Ganymedes was the granddaughter of Tros from Dardanelle. She has respectable beauty so that even Zeus was impressed when he saw her in Ida Mountains located in Turkey’s western shores. One day, Zeus became an eagle and took Ganymedes to Olympos, the Gods place, and make her be a waitress serving alcohol and fruit. Besides her gorgeous beauty, Ganymedes was overwhelmed by her clumsiness. Zeus had become so upset of not having Ganymedes to live with the Gods forever due to her disqualification, he took her to the sky and made her a star. That is how, ganymedes has come to our lives as Aquarius.

Ganymede Waters Zeus as an Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN)

Michelangelo’s Ganymede. Copy after a lost original (1532) pencil. Royal Collection, Windsor Castle

The Abduction of Ganymede (ca. 1650), by Eustache Le Sueur

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