|Ganymede is the young, beautiful
boy that became one of Zeus lovers. One source of
the myth says that Zeus fell in love with Ganymede when
he spotted him herding his flock on Mount Ida. Zeus then
came down in the form of an eagle or sent an eagle to
carry Ganymede to Mount Olympus where Ganymede became
cupbearer to the gods. According to other accounts, Eos
kidnapped Ganymede, to be her lover, at the same time she
kidnapped Tithonus. Zeus then robbed Eos of Ganymede, in
return granting Eos the wish that Tithonus be immortal.
Unthinkingly, Eos forgot to ask that Tithonus remain
youthful. Everyday, the faithful Eos watched over
Tithonus, until one day she locked him in a room and left
him to get old by himself.