I ♥ ancient Greece Ganymedes 5th century BC
In Greek mythology, Ganymede is a divine hero, Homer describes Ganymede as the most beautiful of mortals, in the best-known myth, he is abducted by Zeus, in the form of an eagle, to serve as cup-bearer in Olympus. Ganymede had been tending sheep, a rustic or humble pursuit characteristic of a hero’s boyhood before his privileged status is revealed ιn Olympus, Zeus granted him eternal youth and immortality. Some interpretations of the myth treat it as an allegory of the human soul aspiring to immortality. It also served as a model for the Greek social custom of paiderastía, the socially acceptable erotic relationship between a man and a youth. The Latin form of the name was Catamitus, from which the English word “catamite” derives. Plato accounts for the pederastic aspect of the myth by attributing its origin to Crete, where the social custom of paiderastía was supposed to have originated. Socrates deny that Ganymede was the “catamite” of Zeus, and say the god loved him non-sexually but for his psychē, “mind” or “soul,” giving the etymology of his name as ganu-, “taking pleasure,” and mēd-, “mind.” Ganymede, he points out, was the only one of Zeus’s lovers who was granted immortality. In the original paint we see Ganymede rolling a hoop and carrying a cock, a usual gift that lovers were offering to young boys to show their affection. The myth of Zeus and Ganymede became quite popular in Greece because it gave a religious sanction to pederasty
I ♥ ancient Greece Achilles keeping Hector’s corpse, 480 BC
The plot of the Iliad peaks with the death of Hector by Achlleas,as revenge for the death of (his mistress) Patroclus that preceded.
In the last Rhapsody we witness the desecration of the corpse of Hector by Achilles for twelve days.