The Golden Apple of Discord

The Golden Apple of Discord

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  • Once there was a woman named Hecuba who was the Queen of Troy, she was pregnant at the time and she had a dream that night where she gave birth to a flaming torch.
  • The next morning, Hecuba told her husband, King Priam about her dream. He called upon his eldest sin, Aesacus, to tell him the meaning. He told them that their new born son would be the down fall of Troy. The King then called his chief herdsman to do the deed.
  • When the baby was born, the chief herdsman, Agelaus took the baby, named Paris, up to Mount Ida to kill him. When he got there though, he could not take upon himself to kill the baby, so he left the baby on Mount Ida to die from natural causes. When Agelaus left, a bear came to the baby and kept him safe.
  • When Agelaus came back to Mount Ida to check if the baby had died, to his surprise he saw that the baby was still alive! When he saw the baby alive, he knew that he was meant to live. He then took the baby back to his house and disguised him as his own son. Paris grew up a regular life instead of being hunted by his parents.
  • Meanwhile, on Mount Olympus, the Gods are Holding a feast. Every God got an invite except for one, Eris, the Goddess of Discord because she only brought chaos and mischief. When she heard about the feast, she was furious and stormed into the great hall throwing an apple into the room with the words"kallisti" meaning for the fairest. All the Goddesses started to argue and battle over the apple.
  • After the fighting, only three of them remained, Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera. To settle the fighting, Zeus said that Paris, would decide who was the fairest and who would get the apple. So they went to Troy and Zeus told Paris to decide which one would get the apple. The Goddesses all started to bribe Paris by offering him all different powers and gifts. Athena offered him Wisdom, Hera offered him Royalty, but Aphrodite's offer of love made Paris choose her. After that decision, he got someone to steal his true love for him, a queen named Helen. After the King realized that his queen was gone, he declared war against Troy, finishing the prophecy of Paris being the downfall of Troy.
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