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Myth of Golden Apple

Among the Gods and Goddesses there was a very quarrelsome Goddess . Her name was Eris who is also called the Goddess of Discord. At the marriage ceremony of Peleus and Thetis, the would be parents of Achilles, Eris was not invited. At this She became very angry and decided to take revenge. She inscribed the words “For the Fairest” on a golden apple and threw it among the Goddesses. Each of the Goddesses claimed the Golden Apple. Hera demanded the Apple claiming that she was the fairest of all. Aphrodite and Athena also strongly claimed that each of them was the fairest. For a solution they approached Zeus who did not want to lose the favour of any of them. He sent them to Paris, one of the Princes of Troy. At that time Paris was a shepherd on Mount Ida. The three Goddesses appeared before Paris for his judgement of the fairest among them. Each of them tried to bribe him. Hera offered him all kingdoms of Europe and Asia; Athena proposed wisdom and heroic glory in battles; Aphrodite offered him the love of the most beautiful woman in the earth. Young Paris was moved by Ahprodite ‘s offer and declared her the fairest of all. Aphrodite kept her word. She managed Helen's love for Paris. Helen was then the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. The contest for the golden apple finally resulted in the abduction of Helen and the Trojan War.

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