That was the Judgment of Paris, famed everywhere as the real reason why the Trojan War was fought.

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The story of the judgment of Paris, which you have read in Hamilton and Bulfinch, is one of the most important in all of Homer. (Homer the great epic poet, not our friend Homer Simpson….)

What is this story? What is the significance of the story to the rest of this epic, to history, to art, to life?

Remember also to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #2

50 thoughts on “That was the Judgment of Paris, famed everywhere as the real reason why the Trojan War was fought.

  1. The story of the Judgement of Paris is one of huge importance to the story of the Illiad. Without this story there would be no Trojan war. When Paris chooses to take Aphrodite’s deal that means that he will take Helen as his wife. When Helen is kidnapped her husband; king Meneulus starts a war to get her back. Even after this terrible and bloody war begins Paris still refuses to give Helen back. If Paris had chosen to take Hera or Athena’s deals instead of Aphrodite’s then the Trojan war would have never begun. – Hi Mrs Quinson!

  2. The story of Paris’s judgement goes as follows. Zeus held a banquet in celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis which are Achilles parents. Eris, goddess of discord, was not invited. Angered, she threw in a golden apple that said “To the fairest one”. Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all started to fight over the apple. They couldn’t decide who it was meant for so they got some outside judgement. They asked Paris who was a Trojan to judge who should get the apple. Hera offered him power, Athena offered him wisdom and skill in war, and Aphrodite offered him the most beautiful women in the world. Paris chose Aphrodite and she said the most beautiful women in the world was Helen. There is only one problem: she is already married to King Menelaus of Sparta. While paying a visit to Sparta, Paris, with the help of Aphrodite, kidnaps Helen. This is one of the main causes of the Trojan War. The Greeks want Helen back and will fight the Trojan side for her. So Paris essentially started the Trojan War that marked the end of the Heroic Age of Man and the transition of the world to the Iron Age.

    • Great job! You explained what happened really well. I like how you added that it marked the end of one age and transitioned onto the next. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • Nice job on your blog. I didn’t notice in till now that we basically did the same thing. I went a bit farther in my summary but not much. Good job, we even both stated that it was the end of one age and the beginning of a new.

      Great minds mist truly think alike!😂

  3. The story of Paris is how the Trojan war started and was fought. Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, entered into a contest of beauty against Venus and Juno. All the gods and goddesses were invited to watch the contest at Peleus and Thetis marriage, except Eris, who became very angry that she was being excluded. Thus, she threw a golden apple among them, saying that it was “for the fairest”. All three goddesses claimed the apple for themselves. Jupiter then decided to let the shepherd Paris decide/choose a winner. Minerva promised him glory in war, Juno promised him power and riches, and Venus promised him the finest of all women to be his wife. Paris chose Venus, and by doing so, the other two gods became his enemies. Paris then sailed to Greece, and was taken in by Menelaus, king of Sparta. Venus, coincidentally, had chosen Helen, Menelaus’s wife, for Paris. “Now Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was the very woman whom Venus had destined for Paris, the fairest of her sex”(pp. 168, Bulfinch’s Mythology). Paris, with the help of Venus, encouraged Helen to run away and get married with him in Troy. Once they did, Menelaus called his troops together and declared war on Troy. Then, the Trojan War started, ending with Troy falling into ruins, tons of slaughter, and Paris’s death. This story is important and significant because it shows what could happen if people get too greedy and think only about their own good. Therefore, this story teaches a good life lesson.

    • Wow! That’s a really good response. You really summarized the story of Paris’s judgement well, and it’s significance. I never even thought about the significance of this story as that life lesson. Also you used evidence really well in your blog. 😉

  4. Today we read about the Trojan War, which was caused by the judgment of Paris. Paris was the prince of Troy, and he was asked to make a choice between the goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera. They asked him to make this choice because of a banquet the gods gave. The only god that was not invited was Eris, goddess of discord. She was resentful and threw an apple into the banquet labeled, For the Fairest. All of the goddesses wanted the apple, and in the end, the choice came between Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera. They asked Zeus to decide which one of them was the fairest, but he refused to do so. Instead, the goddesses went to Troy to ask Paris. Each goddess offered him something in order for him to choose them. “What men care for most was set before him. Hera promised to make his Lord of Europe and Asia; Athena, that he would lead the Trojans to victory against the Greeks and lay Greece in ruins; Aphrodite, that the fairest woman in all the world should be his.”(Edith Hamilton, pg. 186) In the end, Paris chose to give Aphrodite the apple, therefore gaining her favor. But, along with Aphrodite’s support, he also got Athena and Hera as an enemy. They begrudged him for not choosing them, and in the war, they went against him. The war began when Paris stole Helen away from her home and husband, Menelaus. She was the fairest of all women and as Aphrodite promised, she was his. Greece was enraged that Paris had stole her away. Paris had broken a sacred rule and the Greek wanted to avenge it. “The ties between guest and host were strong. Each was bound to help and never harm the other. But Paris broke that sacred bond. Menelaus trusting completely to it left Paris in his home and went off to Crete. Then, Menelaus got back to find Helen gone, and he called upon all Greece to help him.”(Edith Hamilton, pg. 188) That was the main reason the Greeks went to war against the Trojans.

  5. The story of Paris’s judgement is crucial to the start and the story of the Trojan War. Zeus had a celebration feast to celebrate the marriage of Thetis and Peleus, Achilles’s parents. But, a goddess, Eris, was not invited, due to some guests being worried that she would ruin the party. Eris was angered, so she came to the party and threw a golden apple and said that it was for the finest. Hera, Aphrodite and Athena all decided to fight over the apple, thinking that they were the finest. After a while of pointless fighting, the three asked Zeus to decide who deserved the apple. Zeus declined to answer, and instead told Paris to make a decision on which goddess was the finest. The three goddesses went on to offer Paris great rewards, to try to persuade them to select them as the finest. Athena offered wisdom and ability in war, Hera offered power, and Aphrodite offered the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris decided to choose Aphrodite, making her an ally, and the two other goddesses enemies. But, to get the most beautiful woman, Paris and Aphrodite had to kidnap her. Helen was said to be the most beautiful, but she was already married. With the help of Aphrodite, Paris was able to kidnap Helen and make her his lover. This caused outrage in Sparta, where Helen’s husband, Menelaus, lived. He called on the whole of Greece to find his wife, thus causing the whole Trojan war.

  6. Unfortunately, the Trojan War started due to a beauty contest. Jupiter (Zeus) held a nice marriage for Achille’s parents: Peleus and Thetis. However, Eris was not invited and threw a golden apple in the midst of three goddesses, beginning a very competitive contest. The goddesses all wanted the apple for themselves. The three goddesses: Minerva (Athena), Juno (Hera), and Venus (Aphrodite) all were competing for the title of the “fairest of them all”. Jupiter decided that the judge of deciding who was the fairest would be Paris, a shepherd. “Juno offered power and riches, Minerva glory and renown in war, and Venus, the fairest of women for his wife, each attempting to bias his decision in her own favour.” (pg. 168)
    Paris sailed to Greece, to find his wife. He was taken in by King Menelaus whose wife is ironically Helen, the most beautiful woman born and his future spouse. Eager to have Helen as his wife, Paris with the help of Venus kidnaps Helen back to Troy to be his wife. However, King Menelaus was enraged and wanted his wife back, so he called war against Troy. Thus, starting the Trojan War. This was one of the many reasons the Trojan War started; which resulted in thousands of deaths and maybe more.

  7. The judgement of Paris was the cause of the Trojan War. A golden apple “For the Fairest” was to be given to one of these three goddesses: Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena. Zeus not wanting anything to do with it, Paris was to make the decision. Hera promised that she will make him Lord, Aphrodite will grant him the fairest women of all, and Athena will lead the Trojans to victory. Paris decides to give the golden apple to Aphrodite, and as the text states, “Paris, a weakling and something out of a coward, too, as later events showed, chose the last. He gave Aphrodite the golden apple.” Choosing Aphrodite started the Trojan War, however, Paris was technically destined to. The text states, “…his father Priam, the King of Troy, had been warned that this prince will someday be the ruin of his country, and so had sent him away.” From the start, the gods had chosen a terrible future for Paris. Anyways, back to the storyline. Aphrodite tells Paris that the fairest women of all was Helen of Troy. The only problem was, that Helen was married to the Trojan King. When Paris kidnapped Helen, the Trojan King was determined to get her back, and so the Trojan War began, and ended with the fall of Troy, just as predicted. The judgement of Paris is significant began it started the Trojan War which led to the fall of Troy, and shows how powerful and mysterious the gods are. They can predict people’s fates!

  8. In honor of the marrige of Peleus and Thetis, Zeus gad a banquet. The Goddess of discord, Eris was not invited, and she was angered at this. So, she threw a golden apple into the crowd with the writing, “To the fairest one”. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, all thinking they were the fairest started to fight over the apple. Because they could not decide who was the fairest, they went to the Trojan Paris. There they each offered him gifts to help him decide who was the fairest. He chose Aphrodite, who offered him the most beautiful woman in the world. The most beautiful woman was told to be Helen, but she was already married to King Menelaus. With the help of Aphrodite, the Trojan Paris, stole Helen from Sparta and returned to Troy. The Greeks, wanting Helen back, will fight Troy in order to get her back for their king Melnaus. The gods took sides, and so the Trojan War began. It was a very bloody war, and filled with great losses on both sides. Many rivalries were made because of this war, and many were ended. Mostly at the cost of both hero’s lives. Here the heroic age of man has ended, and the iron age has started, changing the way that man will act in the future.

    I anyone is having trouble with the tale, just ask. I feel that I understand the story quite well. So if you need help understanding anything, I can probably help you.

  9. In the two books, Timeless Tale of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton, and Bulfinch’s Mythology, by Edmund Fuller, they dedicate a few pages to talk about the Trojan War. The Trojan war started when Peleus and Thetis were getting married and invited everyone but Eris. Eris was very jealous and so, he threw a golden apple which said “For the fairest” (pg 168 in Bulfinch’s Mythology). Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all spotted the apple and wanted it for themselves. As they went along, they fought over who the apple was for. They asked Paris a shepard. All three goddesses tried to bribe Paris but only one succeeded. This one was Aphrodite who promised him love. Out of all the people Paris chose to love Helen, the wife of the king of Greece. So, Aphrodite and Paris captured Helen and when “Menelaus got back to find Helen gone, and he called all of greece to help him” (pg 188 in Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes). This started the Trojan War. This story shows people a lot. One thing it shows people is that jealousy and greediness will get you nowhere. In the story the goddesses were greedy instead of being happy for each other. This only made their situation worse by igniting a war. Also, when Eris threw the apple out of jealousy, he caused the goddesses to fight with each other. The famous saying, “What comes around goes around” applies to the story. This applies to the story because everyone did something to hurt others but what ended up happening is they got hurt by going into war, killing many people. To conclude, if Eris didn’t throw the apple, none of this would have happened, but I guess you learn from your mistakes and now we can learn from the story.

    • I appreciate your view of the story, You summarized it shorty while still giving a good description. I especially like your moral of the story. While the gods tried to hurt each other they were all affected by the casualties they caused. Overall, I enjoyed reading your blog and liked how you could turn this huge disaster into a lesson that could teach the gods and mortals how to avoid these kinds of disasters.

  10. After reading Bulfinch’s Mythology and Mythology by Edith Hamilton, the Judgement of Paris seems to me to be one of the most important scenes in the Tale of Troy. When a banquet was held by Zeus for Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles), the goddess of discord named Eris was not invited. This seemed to tick her of very much so, as she was the only divine being not invited to the banquet. She decided to exact vengeance, and created a golden apple “for the fairest” of women, which she then discreetly placed in the banquet. The apple was found, and the decision came down to three gods, Aphrodite (Venus), Athena (Minerva), and Hera (Juno). It was left to Zeus, who smartly deflected the decision onto a young herder, and son of the king of Troy, Paris. Hamilton explains this, saying, “They asked Zeus to judge between them, but very wisely he refused to have anything to do with the matter… He told them to go to Mount Ida, near Troy, where the young Prince Paris, also called Alexander, was keeping his father’s sheep.” (page 186). Each goddess tries to bribe him, but he eventually chooses Aphrodite, as she promises him the most beautiful women to love. She then sends him to kidnap Helen, the most beautiful woman in Greece, and thus the Trojan War began. This story, found at the beginning of the epic in both novels, is very important. The Judgement of Paris is a kick-starter for the rest of the epic, leading ultimately to Troy’s downfall. Without Paris, life in Greece would go on as normal, and Troy would not be destroyed. This event is seen as especially significant and iconic because it paved the way for one of the greatest adventure stories ever told, the Iliad, and later, the Odyssey. Because of this judgement, the events of the Trojan War, namely the Fall of Troy and the Trojan Horse, are common knowledge, and Homer is hailed as a great poet. This event has also been depicted by various artists trying to capture the moment in which Paris sentenced his city to death. Overall, I found the Judgement of Paris scene in tonight’s reading to be one of the most interesting and important in the whole epic.

  11. The deadly Trojan War; which caused the death of many heroes and the fall of Asia’s most powerful city was all over a party invitation. At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, all gods were invited excluding Eris. “Enraged at her exclusion, the goddess threw a golden apple among the guests, with the inscription, “For the fairest.” Thereupon Juno, Venus, and Minerva each claimed the apple. Jupiter, not willing to decide in so delicate a matter, sent the goddesses to Mount Ida, where the beautiful shepherd Paris was tending his flocks, and to him was committed the decision. The goddesses accordingly appeared before him. Juno promised him power and riches, Minerva glory and renown in war, and Venus the fairest of women for his wife.” Paris chose Venus and she gave him Helen as his wife. The problem was that Helen had already been married. Her husband, Menelaus King of Sparta, called all the forces of Greece to receive Helen back from where she was being held in Troy. All the Greek’s eventually arrived at his aid and fought Troy. The gods were deeply involved in this dispute and each attempted to turn the war into their side’s favour. As a result of the god’s help, Troy was able to withstand the ten-year siege held by the Greeks. Even though Troy didn’t fall yet many Trojans and Greeks died as a result of the war. The two greatest heroes of the war; Achilles and Hector, both knew they were going to die during this war, but like true heroes, they still fought knowing it would cause their death. After ten years of warring the Greeks decided to turn to strategy to attempt to take Troy.“ The Greeks then constructed an immense wooden horse, which they gave out was intended as a propitiatory offering to Minerva, but in fact was filled with armed men. The remaining Greeks then betook themselves to their ships and sailed away, as if for a final departure. The Trojans, seeing the encampment broken up and the fleet gone, concluded the enemy to have abandoned the siege. “ One Greek man was left in Troy, he persuaded the Trojans to take the horse inside their walls without opening it. At night the Greeks returned and the Trojan Horse opened inside of Troy. The men inside the horse opened the gates and let the Greek soldiers flood inside Troy. The Greeks set fire to Troy and Achilles’ son killed Troy’s King. If there is any moral to this story it might be if you decide one person to be better than others, all the others will try to have revenge against you. So if Paris never chose the fairest best goddess this war would never have been started and even if it started for another reason, Troy would not have lost.

  12. The story of the judgement of Paris is one of the most famous tales ever written. It exhibits many themes that have a role in our lives even today. It begins with the wedding of King Peleus, where Eris, the goddess of discord, was spiteful that she was the only one not invited. As a result, she throws into the banqueting hall a golden apple marked “For the Fairest”, which successfully sparks strife. The goddesses compete for it, and eventually the goddesses Hera, Aphrodite, and and Athena remain and are sent to Paris at Mount Ida by Zeus. At being offered kingship, conquest, or the fairest woman in the world, Paris chooses Aphrodite. The fairest woman in the world happened to be Helen, who was apparently pursued by every prince in Greece. To make sure he wouldn’t make any enemies, Helen’s father King Tyndareus demanded every suitor take an oath that they would defend the man chosen, and also promised to punish anyone who kidnapped or hurt Helen to the best of their ability. However, when Paris takes Helen and brings her to Troy, he effects the malice of all those who had promised to protect Helen. Thus, the Trojan War starts. After reading, the story, I’ve realized many details that relate to our lives. For example, the idea that one choice can affect your life forever. In the judgement of Paris, his choice to give Aphrodite the golden apple affects the destiny of him and his people. Like Pip once said, “Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” This also brings me to the theme of fate or destiny. Many people question if we really do have only one destiny, and nothing we do can change that. This idea is supported in this story. Paris was destined to be the ruin of Troy, and his father sent him away to prevent this. Achilles was also fated to die after the death of Hector, and nothing could change that either. In both situations, their fate was unchangeable.

  13. After reading Bulfinch’s Mythology and Mythology by Edith Hamilton, the Judgement of Paris is a very interesting and significant aspect towards the epic, and to history. First and foremost, Zeus held a banquet to celebrate the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, who were the parents of Achilles. All of the gods and important figures were invited to the banquet except for the goddess of discord, Erin. Erin was stopped at the door by Hermes and in anger threw her gifts towards the guests. Some of her gifts included the Apple of Discord, and a golden apple with the words “to the fairest” had been inscribed. Immediately, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite began quarreling over who gets to take the golden apple, while demanding that Zeus must decide on the matter. Zeus knew that if he chose one person, the other two would be very angry with him. As a result, he intelligently appointed Paris, the prince of Troy, to make the decision. The three gods soon began bribing Paris, in an attempt for him to choose one of them to gain possession of the apple. Hera said that he would get political power and be the ruler of the continent of Asia. Athena would give him wisdom and great skills in battle. Last but not least, Aphrodite offered him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta. Paris decided to give the apple to Aphrodite, and she then sends him to kidnap Helen, the most beautiful woman in Greece. Therefore, the Trojan War had been created. This story of Paris’s decision is very important because it led to the downfall of Troy with the Trojan War, along with being a significant aspect of the Iliad (then the Odyssey). Homer is one of the best and most well-known poets in history, and the Iliad and Odyssey are household names. The decision of Paris is definitely my favorite part of this epic and a very important part of Greek mythology.

  14. In our reading, we read about the main cause of the Trojan War. Peleus and Thetis were to be married, and to celebrate, Zeus held a great banquet. Eris, however, was not invited, and this caused her to become angry. She, taking advantage of the godesses’ great pride and self-esteem, decided to give a golden apple to the banquet and inscribed it with the words “for the fairest”. Instead of either rationally settling this, or realizing a golden apple probably wasn’t really that important to them, considering they’re gods, Minerva, Venus and Juno toil relentlessly over who is the fairest, and by extension, to whom the apple belongs to. Unable to decide a victor, they call upon Jupiter to judge the winner. Jupiter, fearing great conflict with a wrong decision, hands the desicision over to Paris, prince of Troy. The diseases then tried to bribe this mortal with whatever he wanted. Juno offered him political power, which he already had, so he denied her, Minerva offered him great wisdom and success in battle, and Venus offers the world’s most beautiful woman. Paris accepts Venus’ gift and awards her the apple. With this the Greeks kidnap Helena. This sets up the final tension that causes the Trojan War.

    • Good job! I really understood what happened by reading your blog post. I also liked how you added some common sense and your own opinion in your blog too.

  15. The story of Paris is an intriguing one. When Achilles’ parents were wed, the jealous god of discord, Eris, threw a golden apple into the ceremony that was “To the Fairest,”. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite each believed that they were deserving of the apple. They turned to Paris(the prince) to decide, “…there appeared before him (Paris) the wondrous forms of the three great goddesses. He was not asked however, to gaze upon the radiant divinities and choose which one of them seemed to him the fairest, but only to consider the bribes each offered an choose which seemed to him the most worth taking.” Each offered different prizes. Hera offered control over Europe and Asia, Athena offered wisdom and prowess in battle, and Aphrodite offered the fairest woman in all the world. Paris, choosing Aphrodite, was helped to kidnap Helen, and took her to Troy, thus starting the Trojan war. I found this especially interesting, considering that Paris had been sent away from Troy as he was Prophesied to be its downfall. This is a prelude to a long and hard-fought war that was caused by the cowardice of one man.

    • Will, great analysis. You had great points and showed how bribes could make anyone do anything, I agree that Paris caused a huge war because of a bribe.

  16. The story of Paris is what caused so much death. It caused the Trojan War. It all started when Eris, god of discord, was not invited to a party. Infuriated, she sent a golden apple with a note saying “for the fairest”. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all started to fight over the apple unable to make the decision. Because of this, they went to Zeus hoping he could give them an answer. Zeus, not wanting to get the goddesses angered, decided it was best not to interfere and recommended Paris, a young prince to choose. “Enraged at her exclusion, the goddess threw a golden apple among the guests, with the inscription, “For the fairest.” Thereupon Juno, Venus, and Minerva each claimed the apple. Jupiter, not willing to decide in so delicate a matter, sent the goddesses to Mount Ida, where the beautiful shepherd Paris was tending his flocks, and to him was committed the decision. The goddesses accordingly appeared before him. Juno promised him power and riches, Minerva glory and renown in war, and Venus the fairest of women for his wife.” After each goddess told him their bribes, Paris chose Aphrodite and he would marry the fairest maiden, Helen. There was only one problem, she was already married to the king of Sparta. After taking her anyway, Menelaus called all Greek forces to help get Helen back. This was the main cause of the Trojan War and it would never have happened if Eris was invited to a party.

  17. For tonight’s homework, we read about The Trojan War and what led to it. The story of the judgement of Paris, talks about one of the main causes of the Trojan War and what led to the kidnapping of Helen, the wife of King Menelaus and the one who was given to King Peleus by Aphrodite. The whole thing started at a banquet that King Peleus was holding and many gods and goddesses were there. During the banquet, he had a golden apple that would be given “For the Fairest”. All of the goddesses wanted it but the ones who fought and cared the most about it were Pallas Athena, Aphrodite and Hera. A decision could not be made, so they asked Paris (from Troy) whom he thought was the fairest, they even gave him bribes in order to be able to say that they were the winner. Aphrodite ended up with the golden apple, after offering him the most beautiful woman in all the world. That woman was Hera, who we come to learn was already married and lived in Sparta. Paris went to Sparta and kidnapped Helen away from her house and her husband to keep her for himself. When Menelaus found Helen gone he was outraged and searched all of the areas he could with all of Greece by his side. The significance of this story is that it led to one of the most historically important wars in world history. Homer who wrote the Iliad about the Trojan war was for sure greatly impacted by this story because its facts helped him to tell his story too. Without the story of the Judgement of paris, we may not fully understand what happened in Greece before the Trojan war, without it we’d be lost on how Greece went from a peaceful period to a period of fighting with Troy.

  18. The story of Paris’s judgement is what began the Trojan War. The story tells of a marriage between Peleus and Thetis that was being held by Zeus/Jupiter. The only issue with the wedding was that Eris, the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding. Discord means the agreement between people, so in anger Eris threw a golden apple to Athena/Minerva, Hera?Juno, and Aphrodite/Venus and said it belonged to the fairest goddess. The three women argued over who was the rightful owner of the apple. Since they could not agree on a single person they looked to Zeus, who sent them to Paris, a prince that was sent away from his family. All three women offered him amazing gifts in exchange for being chosen. “Juno offered power and riches, Minerva glory and renown in war, and Venus, the fairest women for his wife, each attempting to bias his decision in her wan favor,” (Pg. 168). Paris chose Aphrodite/Venus to own the golden apple, there was only one issue, Helen was the fairest women and she was married to King Menelaus. Since Paris believed that Helen was now his wife, he kidnapped her and brought her back to Troy. This was not the best idea considering that her current husband was the KING OF GREECE…. I mean, he easily could have avoided the entire Trojan war from being started. Anyway, Menelaus called war against Troy, starting the Trojan war.

  19. After reading Bulfinch’s Mythology and also Mythology by Edith Hamilton, it is clear that the Trojan War was started from the judgement of Paris. Had Paris decided to give the Golden Apple to Hera, he would have been the ruler of Europe and Asia. Had he chosen Athena, the Trojans would lay rubble to the Greeks and destroy them in a quick and easy war. However, Paris decided on Aphrodite’s bribe. He wanted to have the finest woman that could ever be found, and it would be the blunder of Troy. This is important because had he selected any of the other choices, Troy would have destroyed the Greeks at war. However, his own want for a perfect spouse and fear of war lead him to make the selfish decision.

    • Sorry! I forgot to mention that in celebration of Peleus and Thetis, a banquet was held by Zeus, and all of the gods were invited except for Eris. This upset the goddess very much, and caused her to decide to inscribe the words “For the fairest” onto a golden apple. She then placed the apple in the banquet and let the rest happen on its own. All of the gods questioned who was the so called fairest of them all, and ultimately turned to Zeus to decide. Zeus, having his priorities straight, did not want to upset any of the three goddesses. He decided to turn the decision to Paris. —That’s where my blog post starts!

  20. The story of the The Judgement of Paris was quite simple. When a banquet was held in Olympus, the gods didn’t invite Eris, the goddess of discord (for obvious reasons, seeing as the gods didn’t really get along anyways, the Trojan War was proof of that). Eris, overcome with resentment and loathing, came up with a clever plan to spread discord through Olympus, seeing as that’s what she does best. She took a golden apple and wrote on it “For the fairest.” Obviously, many of the Olympians claimed to be the rightful owners of the apple. In the end, it was narrowed to Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Zeus, not wanting to get caught up in the family drama, sent the three of them to an “impartial” judge, Paris. Each goddess tried to persuade Paris that said goddess was the fairest, and promised him opportunities and such. In the end, he chose Aphrodite, who had promised him the fairest woman in the world. Paris decided for Aphrodite, unwittingly sparking the Trojan War.

    Paris’s judgement is important because it starts the Trojan War: a legendary war between the Trojans and the Greeks in which the gods get all too involved. This story touches on all the major themes of the myths: hospitality, love, obedience to the gods and to the moral code, and the immutability of fate. The importance of hospitality is evident in Paris’s weakness and wickedness in abusing Menelaus’s hospitality. The importance of the patriotic moral code is stressed by the catastrophic rift between Agamemnon and Achilles. Likewise, the power of love is shown in its ability to heal Achilles’ grief over Patroclus. Morality and obedience to the gods are present throughout, from Agamemnon’s sacrifice of Iphigenia to Achilles’ return of Hector’s body. As in the other myths, the gods reward obedience and goodness and punish disobedience and wickedness. In the war, even the gods bow before fate, as Thetis accepts Achilles’ inevitable death and Zeus accepts the inevitable Greek victory.

  21. The judgement of Paris accidentally sparked the great Trojan War that cost so many people and Paris himself their lives. The story starts when Athena, Hera and Aphrodite want to wind the golden apple that declares them the fairest and most beautiful. They originally ask Zeus to judge the competition, but he declines because he doesn’t want to be involved. He tells them go to the exiled Persian prince Paris who works as a shepherd, to judge their competition. So they do. They bribe him with gifts. Athena says if he choose her she’ll lead him victory against Greeks, Hera promises him power and Aphrodite promises him the fairest maiden. He chooses Aphrodite and she grants him the fairest maiden which is Helen of Troy. But she is already married but he steals her away anyway. This incites war and thus begins the bloody Trojan War.

  22. The Judgement of Paris begins at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, where all of the gads were invited, all except for Eris. Eris then threw an apple at the gods, stating that it is “For the fairest.” Juno, Venus, and Minerva each claimed the apple. This resulted in the goddesses to truly find out who is the fairest. Jupiter sent them Paris, who was a shepherd. The women presented him bribes, so they can be chosen. In the end, he chose Venus, who rewarded him with the fairest woman, Helen. This caused the Trojan war. Just the beginning of the story reminds me of Snow White, how a villain gives an apple to the fairest one of all. Paris’ choice was’t truly fair because he judged the gifts the women promised him, not who is the fairest. Based on his judgement of what gift is important, it is clear that greed had won over him. Had he not chosen to have the fairest woman, he could’ve been a hero in the Trojan War, and Troy would win the war easily. Instead of making a noble decision, he made a selfish one. Being that the fairest woman is married to Menelaus, Venus helps Paris carry her away, causing the War. Paris has a huge lack of judgment, which didn’t make him a good choice for being the judge of fairness.

  23. Tonight we read about the spark of the Trojan War, which was the Judgment of Paris. It all started when Zeus threw a party to celebrate the marriage of King Peleus and Thetis, and the only person not invited was Eris, the goddess of Discord. She was jealous, so she hid a golden apple on the banquet table that had “For the Fairest” inscribed on it. All of the goddesses wanted the apple for themselves, but the contest was brought down to Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Zeus’ opinion was asked, but he smartly dodged the bullet and redirected the question on a young shepard named Paris. He was offered bribes by the goddesses, and his decision was quite literally the spark of the war. “Hera promised to make him Lord of Europe and Asia; Athena, that he would lead the Trojans to victory against the Greeks and lay Greece in ruins; Aphrodite, that the fairest woman in all the world should be his. Paris, a weakling and something of a coward too, as later events showed, chose the last.” (Timeless Tales pg. 186) Aphrodite led him to what she promised, but the fairest woman in the world was Helen, who was already married to King Menelaus in Sparta. Paris, uncaring of her marriage, took advantage of Menelaus’ hospitality when he stayed with them in Sparta, and convinced Helen to elope with him, with the help of Aphrodite. Menelaus was furious when he saw that his wife was gone, and sent all of Greece to search after her. These are the proceedings that led to the long and bloody Trojan War. I find it strange that Paris chose the most superficial of the three bribes, seeing as the other two could have benefited many more people. Choosing Hera would have given him the opportunity to be a great leader of much of the known world at the time, and choosing Athena could have ended the war much quicker than it ended up lasting, and with many less casualties on the Trojan side. This just shows the twisted morals held by many men at the time, and how if something benefited themselves, they didn’t take into consideration or value others’ opinions and feelings.

  24. The Trojan War was a war caused by the gods. It all could have been prevented if not for the gods. If the Olympians had not excluded Eris, the god of Discord, from the wedding of King Peleus and Thetis, the powerful kingdom of Troy would not have fallen. By one golden apple, several brave warriors have died, including the well-known hero Achilles, killed by an arrow to the heel. They could have ended the war peacefully, but the gods urged them to carry on. To help their winning side, the gods used several tricks to help their side win the war. Troy was helped with Zeus, Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo, while Greece was helped by Hera, Athena, Apollo, and the sea nymph Thetis. Athena drove Ajax to madness, causing him to kill himself. Apollo helped Paris shoot Achilles in his only vulnerable spot, his heel. Twice did a god urge the person they are supporting attack the god standing by his opponent. Poseidon and Athena took place in the plan of the Trojan Horse, that had taken down the kingdom of Troy. This may have been a war caused by a mortal affair, but this was a war between the gods. In the end, even after Greece achieved victory, they had suffered through several deaths from the times of disadvantage, as several comrades and friends, including heroes, were killed between the onslaught of the Greek. As a powerful kingdom falls, a new age begins.

  25. Paris’ story starts with a banquet celebration that zeus called for. Almost every god is called to this banquet except one this one being the god of discord, Eris. Even though she was not invited she came anyways and brought a golden apple with her without the gods knowledge. She placed this apple at the banquet and called for the “fairest one” to take it. This eventually led to Hera Athena and Aphrodite feuding over who gets to take the apple. When they go to Zeus to end the dispute he tells them that only Paris can judge the fairness properly. Eventually when the three gods went to Paris they did not get judged on their looks but what they offered to Paris. Athena offered victory over Greece. Hera offered all of Europe and Asia and Aphrodite offered him the most fairest in the world. Impulsive he took Aphrodite offer. The only fluke to this offer was that the fairest women, being Helen was married to a king. However this did not stop Paris into taking Helen. Thus eventually leading to the events of the Trojan wars and the fall of Troy. Where gods fought against the gods with the humans. In the end Eris probably think she succeeded becuase she accomplished what she is best at discord.

  26. In last night’s reading, we read the story of the Paris Judgement, which was pretty mucg the beginning of the Trojan War. Eris, goddess of strife, isn’t invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, so she threw an apple in the crowd that had the word “fairest” written on it. This causes a big argument among Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite because they each want to be the fairest. The goddesses go to Paris of Troy, who will decide who is the most beautiful. He decides that Aphrodite is the fairest after she promises him the hand of Helen of Sparta. Unfortunately, Helen is the wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta, so this conflict starts the Trojan war. This is basically a mythical reason for how the Trojan War started. All we really know about the war is from Homer’s writing, so anything could be possible. I think that this story really shows how the gods are very similar to humans. They fight, they get jealous, and they love. I think this story is great because it shows how jealousy can get out of hand, and when you are a god, it can cause war.

  27. The judgment of Paris was a very important part of the story, ” The Illiad.” It begins when the three goddesses, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, went to Paris, so he could judge the goddesses on which one was the fairest. Instead of judging their looks or talents,Paris judged what they promised to bribe him with. Hera promised to Paris that he could rule over a great amount of land. Athena’s promise was for Paris to have endless victories in battle. But Aphrodite promised Paris the most beautiful girl in the world. Paris chose Aphrodite, and so he went guided by Aphrodite, to the palace of Meneleus and Helen, the King and queen of Sparta. When Paris came to the palace, he was treated under the great hospitality of the two nobles, and then he convinced Helen to elope with him. This us very important to the story because it describes what happened to start the Trojan war. Then, after the news had been heard, Helen’s past suitors had to embark on a mission to get Helen back, because they made an oath to protect Helen, even if she didn’t pick them. They went to fight for her, and this is what the whole plot of what “The Illiad” is based off of.

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