Abduction of Ganymede - Ganymede Jupiter Moon
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 38.199 W 090° 14.135
15S E 740615 N 4280082
Quick Description: Ganymede is a is a hero in Greek mythology was the most handsome among mortals, by reason of which he was abducted to serve as cupbearer to the gods and as Zeus' beloved. Ganymede is the largest of Jupiter's moons.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 3:13:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM43W1
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
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Long Description:
The sculpture of the Abduction of Ganymede by Jean Alexander and Joseph Farguiere is located on the campus of St. Louis University.

"Ganymede is a natural satellite of Jupiter and the largest natural satellite in the Solar System. Completing an orbit in a little more than seven days, it is the seventh satellite and third Galilean satellite from Jupiter. Ganymede participates in a 1:2:4 orbital resonance with the satellites Europa and Io, respectively. It is larger in diameter than the planet Mercury but has only about half its mass." - Wikipedia

"In Greek mythology, Ganymede, or Ganymedes is a divine hero whose homeland was the Troad. He was a Trojan prince, son of the eponymous Tros of Dardania, and of Callirrhoe. Ganymede was the most handsome among mortals, by reason of which he was abducted to serve as cupbearer to the gods and as Zeus' beloved.

Ganymede was abducted by Zeus from Mount Ida in Phrygia, the setting for more than one myth-element bearing on the early mythic history of Troy. Ganymede was there, passing the time of exile many heroes undergo in their youth, by tending a flock of sheep or, alternatively, during the chthonic or rustic aspect of his education, while gathering among his friends and tutors. Zeus saw him and fell in love with him instantly, either sending an eagle or turning himself to an eagle to transport Ganymede to Mount Olympus. In the Iliad, the Achaean Diomedes is keen to capture the horses of Aeneas: "They are of the stock that great Jove gave to Tros in payment for his son Ganymede, and are the finest that live and move under the sun." - Wikipedia
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