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Image Index > Divine Abduction/Seduction Scenes > Zeus Seizes Ganymede While Trainer Watches A Runner

An inscription labels the bearded male in the center as Zeus, in which case the youth whom he seizes must be Ganymede. On the left, a trainer or admirer watches a youthful athlete with long hair and a hoop run past. What is the connection? Does the athlete's admirer fantasize about consummating his desire the way Zeus is able to? Or could this depict a ritual footrace commemorating Ganymede's abduction?

Artist Douris
Date c. 480 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number J. Paul Getty Museum 84.AE.569
References and Publications D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.120.
Other Views of Same Object 138 139
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