Artsy Saturday – The Rape of Ganymede
A classic mythological motif. Ganymede was a Trojan prince and lover of Zeus, the king of Greek gods. Some ancient sources assume that their relationship was platonic, but it still became the model for pederastia, the ancient custom of relationships between men and youths. Some see Ganymede’s story as a metaphor for human striving for eternal live, but in art and poetry, it became a symbol of homosexual love. He is usually depicted as a young, handsome man, with an Eagle representing Zeus, usually at the moment of abduction.
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