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Hi, this is Ganymede, cup-bearer to Zeus, and when I'm out buying wine for the Lord of the Skies, I always buckle up!

–Ganymede, in The Sea of Monsters

Ganymede was a Trojan prince and son of Tros and Dardania. He was very attractive mortal, which led Zeus to abduct him, in the form of an eagle, to serve as cup-bearer to the gods, replacing Hebe, the goddess of youth. He subsequently became the Greek god of homosexual love and desire, he is also a frequent playmate of Cupid and Hymenaios.

History

Ganymede was once a prince and a hero of Troy. He was the son of Tros and Dardania. One day he was abducted by the Lord of the Sky, Zeus, from Mount Ida while Ganymede was tending a flock of sheep. Zeus saw him and fell in love with him, either sending an eagle or turning himself into an eagle to transport Ganymede to Mount Olympus.

Once there, Zeus granted the handsome youth immortality, making him his cup bearer and eromenos.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Sea of Monsters

Ganymede's voice can be heard advising users of the Gray Sisters' taxi service to use the 'seat belt' (a black chain).

Abilities

  • He presumably possesses the standard powers of a god.
  • Amokinesis: As the god of homosexual desire, Ganymede has absolute control and divine authority over love, passion, and desire, though not as much as Aphrodite or Cupid, since his powers are only limited to same-sex romance. 

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Trivia

  • According to many, he became the god of desire upon ascending Olympus.
  • In Greek mythology, Ganymede was the male lover of Zeus and ironically, the only one to be made immortal.
  • In poetry, Ganymede became a symbol for the beautiful young male who attracted homosexual desire and love.
  • Though he has no Roman counterpart, the Roman equivalent of his name is "Ganymedes" and also "Catamitus", from which the English word catamite comes from.
  • Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter and the largest satellite in the solar system, is named after him.
  • The astrological sign Aquarius is sometimes identified as Ganymede.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
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