Greek of Homosexual Love
A story of Ganymede, God of Homosexual Love and Cupbearer of Zeus:
Erichthonius, the first to ever harness four horses to a chariot, was the richest of mortal men. He had a son named Tros, lord of the Trojans, and to him in turn were born three unblemished boys: Ilus founder of Ilium (City of Troy), Assaracus, and god-like Ganymede – the handsomest ever born of the human race. Tros loved Ganymede from the bottom of his heart and set guardians and tutors to watch over him as he wrestled, or rode to the hounds, or swam through the crashing, dragging breakers of the warm Mediterranean.
One afternoon, looking down from his throne on Mount Olympus, Zeus spied Ganymede up in the meadows of Mount Ida, chilling with his friends under the watchful gaze of his aged tutors. Instantly, the King of Heaven flamed with love for the young Trojan’s ass. Zeus sent one of his messengers: a powerful eagle. Straightaway he swooped down upon the world of men. Zeus himself whipped up a fierce tempest turning day into night. Under cover of the storm the majestic eagle pounced and tenderly seized the boy in his talons. The aged guardians reached out to stop him, the hounds barked madly. Paying them no heed, the eagle and the boy rose up higher and higher and vanished into the blue.
In the blink of an eye the two arrived in Olympus. The eagle folded his wings and led Ganymede to the Great god Zeus. He took Ganymede to bed and then appointed him as his personal cup bearer. Hebe, Hera's daughter and his, who served the drinks at the divine feasts, needed assistance due to growing number of gods in pantheon. Hera saw Ganymede was cool with it instead of going insane with rage and jealousy. She gained a gay friend.
All the other gods rejoiced to have Ganymede among them, for his beauty filled them with delight. And Ganymede thought pouring nectar to the immortals was mad cool, and when he filled his lover’s cup he made sure to press his lips to it first, giving it half a twist as he placed it in Zeus’ hand.
Back on Earth, Tros' heart was filled with cruel sorrow, not knowing where the divine tempest had taken his son. He cried endless tears. Even Zeus was moved by his pain. He sent down Hermes as messenger, who let Tros know his boy was now among the gods, immortal and forever young. Zeus gave Tros in exchange for his son a pair of white prancing mares, deathless and able to walk on water, the very same that carry the immortals (today’s version of a Ferrari or Aston Martin). Tros’ heart was filled with joy and he drove his new horses as fast as the wind.
Zeus, grateful for Ganymede’s love, made a place an image of Ganymede for Ganymede’s father and the world to see among the stars as Aquarius – the Water Bearer. There he still stands, smiling, pouring nectar and shielded to this day by the wing of the Eagle constellation, Aquila.