Troas. Dardanus. Geta (Caesar, 198-209). Ae 26. Abduction of Ganymede. Very Rare.


Troas. Dardanus. Geta (Caesar, 198-209). Ae 26 mm. 9.9 gm. Obv: Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right.Rev: Ganymede walking left, head right, holding pedum, being carried away by Zeus in the form of an eagle. c/m in lower left. SNG von Aulock 1507 var. (obv. legend); Rare. Ganymede was the son of Tros, founder of Troy. Ganymede was abducted by Zeus while the young man was tending his flocks on Mt. Ida. and carried to Olympus by an eagle. He served as the god’s cupbearer in place of Hebe, as well as his eromenos. To compensate Tros for the loss of his son, Zeus provided him with a pair of horses so swift they could cross over water.

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