Tros, Ganymede's father, who was in a
neighboring field, saw all that happened;
but although he shouted and ran and threw
sticks and stones toward the fast rising
bird, the eagle was far beyond the reach of
such missiles long before Tros arrived at
the hill where Ganymede had been playing.
So the poor father, overcome with grief,
went home and told his wife what had
happened. When the neighbors heard the
story, they all gathered together at the
house of Tros and mourned with the
grief-stricken father and mother. It was of
no use to search for Ganymede, for the eagle
had taken him far beyond the mountains of
A few days later a strange visitor came to
the house of Tros. He carried a curious rod
with snakes twined round it, and two shadowy
wings fluttered from his cap. "Do not mourn
for Ganymede," said he, "the boy has met
with great good fortune. His beauty has
caused him to be loved by
Jupiter, who has
taken him for his cup-bearer; he pours ruby
nectar into a golden cup for the king of the
gods; he will never die nor grow old."
When Tros heard these words, he was
The Legend and Myth of Ganymede
The Myth of Ganymede
The story of Ganymede is featured in the book
entitled Favorite Greek Myths by Lilian
Stoughton Hyde, published in 1904 by D. C.
Heath and Company.