Zeus And Ganymede

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“The relationship between [Zeus] and Ganymede is a disturbing one to modern sensibilities.” Is this true? If so, why? Compare and contrast the story of Ganymede and one other divine/human homoerotic myth from the Greco-Roman tradition.” Zeus, the lord of Gods and men, is one of the most powerful and promiscuous entities in the Greco-Roman tradition. Not only is Zeus sexually involved with women, but he is also involved with men. One such man is Ganymede. Ganymede is a Trojan prince, the son of King Tros. Zeus seized him and carried off “fair-haired Ganymede” because of his beauty, so that he might be in the company of gods and pour wine for them in the house of Zeus. However, the abduction of his son causes King Tros to enter a lasting sorrow, for he had no idea where the divine whirlwind had taken his dear son. Zeus took pity of the King and gave him, as recompense for his son, brisk trotting horses, the kind which carry the gods. Zeus also ordered Hermes to explain everything, including the fact that Ganymede would be immortal and would never grow old. When Tros heard this message from Zeus, he stopped mourning and he rejoiced within his heart. The relationship between Ganymede and Zeus is disturbing in todays society for several reasons. The first reason for this is the blatant promiscuity of Zeus. While there are people who are promiscuous today, few are open about living such a lifestyle. The second problem with this story is the method in which Zeus took Ganymede. Basically, he was kidnapped for his beauty. This is obviously morally and legally wrong in any country in the world today. A third disturbing event is the compensation of Ganymede to his father. Although any father would be happy that his son had achieved immortality, Zeus initially only gave the horses to Tros, and only later did he send Hermes with an explanation. Finally,

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