The Trojan War By Homer 's The Iliad Essay

1545 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
The Trojan War is one of the most remembered and iconic wars from ancient times. Thought to be fought between 1194 BCE to 1184 BCE, lasting ten years, this war is one that most consider the most thrilling and dramatic from the Greek times. While a great deal of the information we have on the Trojan War is obtained from Homer 's The Iliad, most of it is based in mythology. Zeus hosted a banquet to celebrate the union of Peleus and Thetis, and invited every god, goddess, and demi-god with the exception of Eris, the goddess of strife. Once Eris discovered she was not invited to this party, she threw the apple of discord with the inscription "Kallisti" meaning "For the fairest", to start a fight between the goddesses that were invited. This was Eris ' intention. The goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite all attempted to claim the apple, being that those three were thought to be the most beautiful of the goddesses. When they could not come to an agreement, they insisted Zeus to pick among them. Not wanting to get in the middle of the quarrel, Zeus instructed Paris, Prince of Athens, to pick one of the goddesses. When Paris proved indecisive, the goddesses all offered him something in return for his choosing. Athena offered skill in battle, wisdom and the abilities of the greatest warriors; Hera offered ownership of all of Europe and Asia; Aphrodite, however, offered Paris the love of the most beautiful woman on Earth, Helen of Sparta. Paris chose Aphrodite, and in turn Helen…

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