An Alluring Masterpiece
One of the most everlasting stories of all time, the Trojan War, has captivated the imagination of people all over the world. The Trojan War, one of the best known riddles of history, poses many mysterious considerations. Was the war a myth? Is there strong enough evidence that the Trojan War actually took place? Did the Trojan War horse really exist? Was the Trojan War a just war? With all the interference of the gods, the war can hardly be called a just war. From beginning to end, the Trojan War represents a war of revenge, deception, and betrayal.
As a war of revenge, it all began when the gods came together to celebrate the wedding of Thetis and Peleus, during book one of the Iliad. All the Gods had been invited except for Eris, the goddess of discord. In an act of revenge, Eris threw a golden apple with the words “To the Fairest” written on it during the middle of the wedding ceremony. Naturally, the three most beautiful goddesses, Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera argued over who the apple belonged to. Eris knew well that her golden apple would cause the wrath of Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena and create chaos.
Arguing continued, which led the three goddesses to ask Zeus to settle the dispute. Zeus did not wish to become involved with his two daughters and his wife, so he sent them to Paris, the Prince of Troy, to decide who should receive the golden apple. All three goddesses made it quite difficult for him to choose, however, because they each tried to bribe Paris. Aphrodite promised that he would marry the most beautiful woman on earth. Hera offered Paris the most powerful and wealthiest kingdom while Athena promised to make him the best leader and general.
Because Paris wanted the most beautiful woman on earth, he chose Aphrodite as the winner. Aphrodite needed to keep her promise, so she instructed Cupid to shoot an arrow into Helen of Sparta, the most beautiful woman in the world, which would cause her to fall...