In Greek mythology, Ganymede is a divine hero whose homeland was Troy. He was described as the most beautiful of mortals.
Ganymede was abducted by Zeus from the spring of Mount Ida, near Troy in Phrygia. Ganymede had been tending sheep, a rustic or humble pursuit characteristic of a hero’s boyhood before his privileged status is revealed. Zeus turned himself in an Eagle to transport the youth to Mount Olympus.
In Olympus, Zeus granted him eternal youth and immortality and the office of cup-bearer to he Gods.
Ganymede was afterwards also regarded as the genius of the fountains of the Nile, the life-giving and fertilizing river. Thus, the divinity that distributed drinks to the Gods in heaven became the genius, who presided over the due supply of water on earth. Ganymede was the only one of Zeus’ lovers who was granted immortality.
Ganymede became a symbol for the beautiful young male who attracted homosexual desire and for the divine love between males.