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AC2 The Judgement of Paris

The Judgement of Paris, by Peter Paul Reubens

Paris was a Trojan prince whose love affair with Helen of Sparta sparked the Trojan War between the Greeks and Trojans. This affair in itself was facilitated by the Isu Aphrodite as a reward for granting her an Apple of Eden that had fallen into his hands rather than giving it to Hera or Athena, two other Isu vying for it. Apart from this, it was at the hands of Paris's bow that the reputedly invincible Greek warrior Achilles fell in battle.

Biography

Around 1200 BCE, an Apple of Eden came into the hands of the Trojan prince Paris due to the machinations of the Isu Eris. The three Isu Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, each coveting the Apple, argued fiercely with one another for it. Each sought to bribe Paris into handing over the Apple to her with a different reward. Whereas Hera promised ownership of all of Europe and Asia and Athena the wisdom and martial prowess of the greatest warriors, Aphrodite offered the love of Helen of Sparta, claiming her to be the most beautiful woman in the world.[1]

Paris, deciding upon the last, gave the Apple to Aphrodite, who kept to her end of the bargain and set the chain of events that allowed Paris whisk Helen with him back to Troy. As Helen was married to King Menelaus of Sparta, however, her abduction, as it was at least perceived by him, earned the enmity of the Greeks, triggering the Trojan War.[1]

Towards the end of the decade-long conflict,[2] Paris shot the Greek warrior Achilles in the heel with his bow, killing him. Achilles held the reputation as the greatest warrior of that war, and according to legend, he was invulnerable throughout his entire body except for that heel. Thus, many years later, a hunter bow marketed as based on the design of Paris's bow was named the Achilles Heel Seeker.[3]

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