The Judgement of Paris and the Trojan War

The Judgement of Paris and the Trojan War

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  • To the fairest
  • On Mount Olympus a decadent wedding feast was held and all the gods were invited. Unfortunately, the goddess of discord, Eris was mistakenly left off the guest list. Angered by the oversight, Eris sought revenge. She appeared at the party and rolled a Golden amongst the party guest.
  • ...three Olympian goddesses, Hera(queen of the gods), Athena (goddesses of wisdom and war), and Aphrodite(goddesses of love and beauty), all claimed the prize. To settle the matter, Zeus asked Hermes, the messenger god, to appoint and impartial judge. Hermès chose the beautiful young mortal Paris, who was the son of Priam, the king of Troy.
  • Paris chose Aphrodite who rewarded her judge by promising him the most the most beautiful woman on earth, whom everyone knew to be Helen, the wife of the Greek king Menelaus.
  • ...Paris visited the palace of the Menelaus at Sparta. Contrary to all the sacred rules of hospitality, Paris seduced the queen and aducted her back to Troy.
  • ...Finally, the Greek warrior, Odysseus, had the idea to build a large wooden horse, known as the Trojan horse. The Greeks hid worries inside the horse and left it at the Gate of Troy.
  • That night the Trojans took the horse into their city and the warriors crept out and threw open the city’s gates. The Greeks entered, asked the city and claimed a victorious end to the Trojan War.
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