The Illiad: The Judgement of Paris
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.
Who is that? Oh no! Is it the gods? If so, what do they want from me?
Don't be afraid, Herdsmen Paris, for you are actually the youngest Prince of Troy. The almighty Zeus has requested that you choose between these three goddesses as to which should get this golden apple inscribed 'To the Fairest'. The goddesses not chosen will respect your decision.
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).
Choose me and you shall have: dutiful maids, quick messengers, loyal soldiers, and you shall be the most powerful king there ever was
Paris is frightened but a part of him is intrigued as to why the gods and goddesses want to meet with him, a simple herdsmen.
Many from everywhere will ask you for answers and will pay you and soon you shall be a rich and wise king
Hermes explains why the immortal beings have come to Paris.
Hera tries to bribe Paris with the promise that if he chose her, she would give him power and he would be the greatest king in all of history.
Athena inquires Paris as to what good is power if you din't have the wisdom to use and therefore, if he chose her she would grant him the power of intelligence and he would be the wisest man in the world. All would come to him for help.
Aphrodite than said with an alluring smile that she knew that he was lonely and that she would give him the most beautiful woman in the world to be come his wife and her name was Helen... but she was already married to the king of Sparta, she was already Helen of Sparta... Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite anyway and Helen of Sparta would become Helen of Troy.
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