Saturday 7 December 2013

The Judgement of Paris

The Judgement of Paris
The judgement of Paris was contest between the three most beautiful goddess of Olympus. According to legend, the story begin at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, where all gods and goddess, as well as various mortals were invited, except Eris (the goddess of discord). 
Eris with golden apple
Eris in anger, threw down among the guest a golden apple inscribed with the word "KallistĂȘi"-'to the fairest one'. Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena all claimed to be the fairest, and thus the rightful owner of the apple.

 The goddesses chose to place the matter before Zeus, who not wanted to favor one of the goddess. So Zeus commanded Hermes to lead the three goddesses to Paris of Troy (shepherd prince) to decide the issue.  After bathing in the spring of Mt Ida, the goddesses appeared before Paris. Zeus gave permission, to set any condition Paris required for judging goddesses beauty, so Paris asked the goddesses to undress before him. In some version the goddesses themself chose to disrobe. 

Still Paris could not decide, as all three were ideally beautiful. So goddesses resorted to bribes. Hera tried to bribe Paris with control over all Asia and Europe, while Athena offered wisdom, fame, and glory in battle, and Aphrodite offered the most beautiful mortal woman in world as a wife. Paris chose Aphrodite as most beautiful and the rightful owner of the golden apple. The most beautiful mortal woman was Helen, who was already married to Menelaus, the king of Sparta. Paris abducted Helen with help of Aphrodite, which led directly to Trojan War.


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