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Subject: Re: Help needed with problem... Date: 4/15/2002 12:21 PM
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Oh, and yeah, I guess legends don't have to be accurate, heh; some just makes less sense than others, though. Question: Is the name "Heracles" (instead of Hercules) supposed to do anything with The goddess, Hera? I thought she was trying to get him killed constantly. Also, what's the scoop on Zeus' "Rape of Ganymede"?

Yes, it does have something to do with Hera! I think the idea was, she hated him and tried to make his life miserable by throwing all this bad luck at him and making him go through all these trials... if she'd just left him alone, he wouldn't have been a hero, just a really strong, dumb guy. His famous achievements are due to her persecution.

Rape of Ganymede:

"Ganymede was a son of Tros, first king of the classical land known as Troy. He lived on the island of Crete, and tended sheep there on the slopes of Mount Ida. One day Jupiter caught a glimpse of the young boy and was overwhelmed with a desire to bring Ganymede to Olympus to serve as the cup bearer of the gods. Jupiter thereby changed his shape into that of an eagle, swooped down and carried the boy off to the home of the gods.
Now it so happens that this position was already filled by Hebe,the daughter of Jupiter and his wife Juno. Once Ganymede arrived at the royal court a competition began between Hebe and Ganymede for the honor of serving the gods. Eventually Ganymede won the post, and stayed on also as the favored companion to Jupiter.

To honor the events surrounding the elevation of Ganymede to "cup bearer and servant of the gods," Jupiter placed the eagle, a shape he assumed when abducting Ganymede to Olympus, into the heavens as the constellation Aquila (eagle), and immortalized Ganymede as the constellation Aquarius (water bearer). One of Jupiter's moons is also named after Ganymede."

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/mythology/ganymede.html.

I'm at work, so I can't investigate whether there was an actual rape or not - I think this may be a mistranslation of a term that originally meant 'kidnapping' (as in the rape of the sabine women).

-mapletree
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