A cup-bearer was an officer of high rank in the royal courts whose duty was to serve the drink at the royal table. The position of cup-bearer was greatly valued and given only to select few throughout history.

In Greek mythology, Hebe, was the original cup-bearer to the Greek gods of Mount Olympus serving them nectar and ambrosia. She was daughter of Zeus and Hera. Hebe was replaced by 'Ganymede' after she married a war hero. Ganymede was the son of Tros (founder of Troy).

Ganymede was abducted by Zeus from Mount Ida, near Troy in Phrygia. Zeus either summoned an eagle or turned into an eagle himself to transport the youth to Mount Olympus. In the Iliad, Zeus was said to have compensated Ganymede's father Tros by the gift of fine horses. Tros was consoled that his son was immortal, would be the cup-bearer for the gods, a position of much distinction.

In Olympus, Zeus granted him eternal youth and immortality. Homer described Ganymede as the most beautiful of mortal, and in one version of the myth, Zeus fell in love with his beauty.

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