The Illiad: The Judgement of Paris

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The Judgement of Paris Eris, the Greek Goddess of strife and discord was jealous and angry because she had not been invited to the wedding of King Pelias and the Sea Nymph, Thetis. She dropped a golden apple with the words, 'For the Fairest'. The apple wound around the crowd until it reached the three most powerful goddesses- Hera, Wife of Zeus, therefore Queen of the gods and the Goddess of Marriage; Athena, Goddess of Wisdom; Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. And, just as Eris had planned, arguments broke out. King Zeus sends Hermès to take the three goddesses to an impartial judge, Paris, who is actually the second prince of Troy. Each of the goddesses try to bribe him to give the apple to her.

Storyboard Text

  • Who is that? Oh no! Is it the gods? If so, what do they want from me?
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  • Hermes (far left), the messenger god, is sent by King Zeus to take Hera, goddess of marriage; Queen of gods, Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty (from left to right).
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