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At the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Eris dropped an Apple of Eden into the proceedings as a prize of beauty. This led Hera, Athena and Aphrodite to discuss which one of them was most beautiful, calling on the Trojan prince Paris to judge. Upon being promised Helen of Sparta, he named Aphrodite the most beautiful. Paris' kidnapping of Helen soon led to the Trojan War.. The Greeks would later falsely believe that Eris started the war with her guiles, rather than the powerful artifact.
- Like her described nature, the name Eris, Ἔρις, is Greek for "strife".