"He awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite" Pg. 88
The Apple of Discord
Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all claimed the golden apple from Eris which said "to the fairest". Each thought it was for them, so they went to Paris to have him decide. Each goddess promised him something if he were to pick them. Paris ended up giving the apple to Aphrodite because she offered him the most beautiful woman to be his wife.
Helen of Sparta was to be married, every prince wanted to marry her. King Tyndareus of Sparta before choosing made all of the princes take an oath saying they would accept the decision and not interfere with the wedding and punish anyone who does. Aphrodite, however, was abiding by her promise and made Helen fall in love with Paris, who had been visiting. When Menelaus came home from an expedition his wife had gone off with Paris.
"... Menelaus went off on an expedition to Crete, leaving his wife to entertain their guest." "... with the help of Aphrodite, who turned her arts on Helen and made her fall madly in love with the boy." Pg. 89
Helen of Sparta
Hundreds of Greek men set off to defeat Troy. Achilles was one of the chiefs among them. Achilles was a greater fighter among the Greeks but King Priam and Queen Hecuba’s son Prince Hector a brave and noble fighter a fit match for Achilles. Both, however, were going to die before Troy was to be overthrown according to the Fates. The gods took sides over who would win the battle. This war didn’t only affect earth but it affected the heavens.
"Agamemnon gathered together hundreds of ships and set sail for Troy." Pg. 91
The Death of Patroclus and the Rousing of Achilles
Achilles one evening waited for his friend Patroclus to come back from fighting, so he could get his armor back. But he saw Antiochus running back crying and then he yelled to Patroclus saying Patroclus was killed. Achilles grieved and raged at the death of his friend. His mother Thetis came from her sea cave to comfort him. Thetis got Achilles a new suit, new weapons, and a marvelous shield, this shield made Achilles so happy.
"One evening Achilles waited by his tent for his friend Patroclus to come back from a day's fighting. ... cried Antiochus. "Patroclus is slain..." "
The Death of Hector and the Ransoming of His Body
Achilles went to the gates of Troy which were thrown open and Hector was standing there in Achilles old armor ready to defend Troy. The gods were also fighting up in the heavens and Zeus tried to keep them under control. Achilles threw a spear and missed but with his second spear he aimed for the opening on Hector's armor on the neck and killed Hector. Hector wanted his body returned to his parents Achilles did not follow through with this request until being begged by Hector’s father.
"He drove his spearpoint into Hector's throat."
Soon after Hectors death Achilles died by Paris who shot him with an arrow in the heel, Achilles only weak spot. Odysseus knew Troy was only going to fall if taken by surprise. So, he made a plan, he had a very large hollowed out wooden horse built. A group of men would hide inside, the rest of the Greeks would dismantle the camp and leave all but one. Using a persuasive story the one Greek left behind would convince the Trojans to take the horse into the city. Then in the middle of the night the group of men would come out of the horse and open the gate for the rest of the Greek army who would have come back to Troy and be waiting by the gates. This plan was put into action and by the time everyone in Troy was awake it was up inflames and the soldiers didn’t have time to stop this, when they tried they were killed by a Greek soldier before having a chance. Everyone was killed except for one family, a father, son, and grandfather, who were saved by Aphrodite, they went on to tell the story. Aphrodite had also saved Helen form Menelaus who planned to kill her, by making him fall in love with her. Troy was able to withstand the Greek attacks for ten years, but then was conquered by surprise.
The Wooden Horse and the Fall of Troy
"... a wooden horse, hollow and big enough to hold a whole squad of men inside..."