Image from red-figure kylix representing Zeus taking Ganymedes to Olympus. Ganymedes was son of Tros and Callirhoe, daughter of Trojan river god Skamandros. He was the handsomest among mortals. He was tending his Ox flocks around Troy when Zeus saw him; he took the form of an eagle, snatched him up and carried him to Olympus. There, Ganymedes became his cupbearer which was considered an honoured position, while he consoled Tros by gifting him divine horses. Zeus eventually gave to Ganymedes immortality by transforming him to the constellation of Aquarius. The painting shows Ganymedes holding a rooster, symbol of renaissance.
Red-figure plate copy from Original red-figure kylix 5th century B.C. - National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara
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