State the Greek myth on which the poem "Tithonus" is based.  

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In Greek mythology, Tithonus was the son of the Trojan King Laomedon and a water nymph named Strymo. Tithonus and another Trojan prince, Ganymede (not his brother), were kidnapped by the Titan named Eos (goddess of the dawn) to be her lovers. Eos loved Tithonus so much that she pleaded with...

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In Greek mythology, Tithonus was the son of the Trojan King Laomedon and a water nymph named Strymo. Tithonus and another Trojan prince, Ganymede (not his brother), were kidnapped by the Titan named Eos (goddess of the dawn) to be her lovers. Eos loved Tithonus so much that she pleaded with Zeus to make him immortal. Zeus granted her request, but she forgot a very important detail--she neglected to ask that he be given eternal youth. So Tithonus became immortal, but he continued to age until he was unable even to move. In some stories, Tithonus turns into a cicada.

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