For learning. For inspiration. Or just for fun.
Apple of Discord : Thetis snubs Eris, goddess of Discord, and sets off a series of events leading to the Trojan War.
Apple of Discord

The god Ares took the form of a bull and won a contest of strength against a majestic beast belonging to Paris, son of the King of Troy. The mortal’s grace in defeat impressed Zeus, but Paris (and many others) came to regret his new-found reputation on Olympus for sporting behaviour.

WHEN Peleus, prince of Aegina, married the sea-nymph Thetis, the wedding was attended by many gods and goddesses. Eris, goddess of Discord, was not invited; however she slipped in anyway, bringing a golden apple from the Garden of the Hesperides.

She wrote ‘For the fairest’ on it, and lobbed it into the wedding-party.

After the apple’s discovery and some bruising debate, most agreed that one of Hera, Athene, and Aphrodite must be the intended recipient. They turned to Zeus, who hastily passed the decision onto Paris, currently Olympus’s most respected referee.

Paris’s reputation for impartiality did not prevent Hera offering him all Europe, or Athene promising him glory in battle.

But it was Aphrodite’s promise of Helen, Queen of Sparta and the world’s most beautiful mortal woman, that won her the prize.

Hera in particular was outraged. When Paris stole Helen from Sparta and took her to Troy, Hera did not rest until she had brought Peleus’s son Achilles in war to his gate.

More like this

Greek and Roman Myths (31) Greek Myths (30) Myths, Fables and Legends (61) The Siege of Troy (1)

Picture: © tangopaso, Wikimedia Commons. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0. View original
The hand of Aphrodite (Venus) holds the apple won in the ‘Judgment of Paris’, in this 2nd century AD statue now in the Louvre, Paris, having belonged to King Louis XIV. The statue is Roman, a copy of a statue made for Julius Caesar, but the ‘Venus Genitrix’ style goes back to 5th century BC Greece. See more at the Louvre.

Amazon Books

Featured Music

Letters Game

What is the longest word you can make using these letters?

Press enter or type a space to see feedback on your word.

More like this: Letters Game Games with Words

Numbers Game

Work across from the number on the left, applying each arithmetical operation to the previous answer. What’s the final total?

Tip: Click any of the four inner squares to check your running total.

More like this: Maths Steps (Mental Arithmetic Game) Mental Arithmetic

Selected Stories
By
Elfric of Eynsham
Elfric, Abbot of Eynsham in the reign of Æthelred the Unready, reflects on two appearances of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.
Britain’s ties to the rulers of Russia go back to the time of the Norman Invasion.
His alpaca-wool mills near Bradford proved the social benefits of private enterprise in the right hands.
William Hyde Wollaston discovered new elements and helped Faraday to greatness, all from the top of a tea-tray.
Based on The Golden Legend
(1275)
The Northumbrian monk is duped into wasting one of his beautifully-crafted sermons on a row of dumb rocks.
By George Santayana
(1863-1952)
George Santayana had the chance to observe our national character at the height of Empire.