social myth constellation
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The Aetos Dios was a giant golden eagle which served Zeus' personal messenger and companion!
Aetos Dios was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Aquila alongside its consort.
Zeus, in anger would have smote him with a thunder bolt.
The eagle was later sent by Zeus to fetch the handsome youth Ganymedes to heaven to become the cupbearer of the gods.
According to some it was once a mortal king named Periphas, whose virtuous rule was so celebrated that he was came to be honoured like a god.
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