The Judgement of Paris

The Judgement of Paris

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  • At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis when Eris crashes in...
  • The Judgement of Paris
  • Eris thinks to herself and decides that she'll get back at everyone for not inviting her. She takes a golden apple and inscribes it to say, "To the fairest". Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera all jump for it. This will certainly cause a fight.
  • To the fairest? That's me!
  • Let's get out of here before they rip each others head off.
  • Zeus decides to have a mortal, Paris, decide who the fairest really is. Zeus brought in a third party voter so that all the goddesses would not be upset at him about whoever was chosen. Each goddess promised something in return for the vote.
  • I promise you the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen.
  • I promise to make you king of Europe and Asia.
  • I promise you wisdom and skill in war.
  • The woman that Aphrodite promised to Paris was Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. Aphrodite made Helen fall in love with Paris and the two ran off together. King Menelaus called together his allies in Greece and they recaptured Helen. This was the start of the Trojan War which lasted ten years.
  • I will take Aphrodite up on her promise as I choose her the fairest.
  • In summary... Zeus held a gathering for the marriage of Peleus and Thetis. Eris, the goddess of trouble wasn't invited because it was believed that she would make the celebration unpleasant. To get her revenge, Eris tried to cause a quarrel between the goddesses there. She threw a golden apple that said, "To the fairest". Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all went for the apple, claiming that they were the fairest of them all. They asked Zeus to decide who the fairest really was but Zeus rejected. He knew that whoever he chose, the other two would be mad at him. Instead, he decided for a mortal, Paris, to decide. All three goddesses wanted to be the fairest so they bribed Paris with promises. Aphrodite promised him a wife, Helen, and she was deemed the fairest. The twist was that Helen was already married to the King of Spart, so went Helen left with Paris all havoc let loose. The King of Sparta sent his men to recapture Helen. This started the Trojan War, which lasted ten years. The meaning of this myth is the explain the events that led up to Trojan War.
  • Comic by : Toula Lampropoulos
  • Myths were created in order to answer (children's) questions, justify traditions, explain everyday events, and give meaning to the world. Some of the kid questions could be, "What happens when it storms?" "How do the waves form?" and "How do people fall in love?". Myths were also used as a expectation for people to become. For example, Hercules was brave and strong so everyone would want to be brave and strong. Myths were also told/spread to pass time and create culture/tradition.
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