Paris, the son of Priam, king of Troy, was asked to decide which
of the three goddesses, Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite, was the most beautiful.
Aphrodite told Paris that if he chose her, she would provide him with the
most beautiful woman in the world. He chose Aphrodite and she provided him
with Helen, who was already married to Menelaus, King of Sparta. The father
of Helen had made the young men pledge to defend Menelaus if anyone were to
steal his bride. The result was the Trojan war, an Helen became the face
that launched a thousand ships.
The myth turns out not to be a beauty contest at all. What Paris judges
is not the radiant beauty of the goddesses, naked or clothed, but rather the
quality of their gifts. Hera would have provided honor, Athena would have
provided wisdom, but Paris chose love. It is important that he did not choose
the love of the woman who was already in love with him, Oenone. Oenone,
being a nymph and a goddess, could have given him anything he wanted on Mount
Ida. But Paris chose the forbidden love of the most beautiful woman in the
world who had been pursued by the most gallant and powerful young men in the
world and was already married. Oenone wanted Paris to choose Athena and her
gifts, but Paris made the passionate choice of love. Later Oenone could give
Paris the gift of life, but Oenone found Paris too ungrateful and let him die.
The judgement of Paris is about gifts and their value, and choices and their
value, not about beauty.
In the Trojan Women by Euripides Helen explains: (line 919)
--But enough: a day Came and this Paris judged beneath the trees Three crowns of life, three diverse Goddesses. The gift of Pallas was of War, to lead His east in conquering battles, and make bleed the hearths of Hellas, Hera held a throne-- If majesties he craved-- to reign alone From Phrygia to the last realm of the West. And Cypris, if he deemed her loveliest, Beyond all heaven, made dreams about my face And for her grace gave me.
Euripides The Trojen Women, line 925, “A day came and this Paris judged beneath the trees, three crowns of life, three diverse goddesses. The gift of Pallas (Athena) was of War, to lead his East in conquering battles, and make bleed the hearths of Hellas. Hera held a Throne– if majesties he craved– to reign alone from Phrygia to the last realm of the West. And Cypris, if he deemed her loveliest, beyond all heaven, made dreams about(Helen’s) face.
The myth of the Judgement of Paris reflects the importance of the three
Goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite at the time of the Trojan war. Notice
how in the following picture, the three goddesses seem to be
bearing gifts to a god rather than being judged:
Judgement of Paris.
Another example: Hermes leads goddesses
Another: Anonymous judgement of Paris
This suggests an earlier role of gift bearers for
these goddesses. Homer picks up on this notion but he adds Artemis to the
other three in the following passage from Book XX of the Odyssey:”
Their father and their mother dear died by the gods' high doom, The maidens were left orphans alone within their home; Fair Aphrodite gave them curds and honey of the bee And lovely wine, and Hera made them fair to see, and wise beyond all women-folk. And holy Artemis Made them to wax in stature, and Athene for their bliss Taught them all glorius handiworks of women's artifice."
By the time of Homer Artemis had achieved a status equal to the other
important goddesses. Homer does not even discuss the judgement of Paris. In
Book III of the Iliad Hector says the following about Paris: “When I look
at you to-day, can you be the man, I ask, who picked yourself a crew
of friends, sailed overseas in your much-traveled ships, hobnobbed with
foreigners and carried off a beautiful woman from a distant land and warlike
family,….You would soon find out the kind of fighter his is whose lovely
wife you stole. Your lyre would not help you at all, nor Aphrodite’s gifts,
those locks of yours and your good looks,….” There must be some other,
earlier story about Paris, that involves him stealing Helen as a result of
gifts he received from Aphrodite. He also received gifts from Hera and
Athena, but he must have spurned those gifts so they were mad at him. Jane
Ellen Harrison suggests that Hera brought Royalty or Grandeur, Athena
brought Prowess, and Aphrodite brought Love. Notice
how the images of the judgement of Paris change from three godesses bearing
gifts to three goddesses being judged.
In the Iliad, Book XXIV, Homer says: “All were of this
mind save only Hera, Poseidon, and Zeus’s grey-eyed daughter, who
persisted in the hate which they had ever borne towards Ilius
with Priam and his people; for they forgave not the wrong done
them by Paris in disdaining the goddesses who came to him
when he was in his sheepyards, and preferring her who had offered
him a wanton to his ruin.”
More details of this tale were to be found in the Cypria, an epic like the Illiad that has been lost from view. About 50 lines exist that were quoted by others, but there are many summaries and references to it.
The contemporary view of the judgement of Paris as a beauty contest does not seem born out by archaic references. But in any case it is a contest of choice. The relation to fertility festivals where the best young man was matched to the best young woman must be noticed. Different methods of choice have been mentioned. Footraces are common. The Herarae was of this sort. But it seems likely that beauty contests were also done. The children sent to the Minotaur are in one case by lot and another by Minos. This could be the same type of judgement. If Theseus was chosen first then beauty may have been a criterion.
Reference is made to the judgement of Paris in the drama Andromache by Euripides, line 283:
Ah! what sorrows did the some of Zeus and Maia (Hermes) herald, in the day he came to Ida's Glen, guiding that fair young trio of goddesses (Aphrodite, Hera, Athena), all girded to the fray in bitter rivalry about their beauty, the the shep- herds fold wherer dwelt the youthful herdsman (Paris) all alone by the hearth of his lonely hut. Soon as the reached the wooded glen, in gushing mountain springs they bathed their dazzling skin, then sought the son of Priam, com- paring their rival charms in more than rancorus phrase. But Cypris (Aphrodite) won the day by her deceitful promises, sweet sounding words, but fraught with ruthless overthrow to Phrygia's hapless town (Troy) and Ilium's tower's.
The names Paris and Alexander are used interchangeably. In The Trojan Woman byt Euripides, line 997, the names are identified and defined:
This Alexander, Breaker-down-of-men, This Paris, Strength-is-with-him;
The first corresponds to an Indo-European derivation of the name Alexander while the second does not. Neither seem to relate the name to the context of the story of the judgement.
The place of Hermes in the judgement may be multiple. First Hermes served as a herald who preceeded the the goddess and announced them to Paris. He also served as their guide. According to W. K. C. Guthrie in The Greeks and Their Gods, p 88, “Hermes is an ancient god of the countryside named for the ἕρμα, also called ἑρμαῐον, which was a cairn or heap of stones” Hermes not only marks boundaries but also guides the way for the traveler. When he beame more anthropomorphic he was given a phallus to promote fertility.” So the story of the Judgement of Paris seems to be about fertility. It might be about the choices that one makes that promote fertility. Paris chooses Aphrodite, an obvious choice for fertility, when in reality Athena would have been a better choice.
As a final comment Euripides, in his drama the The Trojan Women calls the whole story a lie. At least he presents good arguments why this story should not be true. He puts these arguments in the mouth of Hecuba staring with line 969,
"Meseems her (Helen's) goddesses first cry mine aid Against these lying lips! . . . Not Hera, nay, Nor virgin Pallas deem I such low clay, To barter their own folk, Argos and brave Athens, to be trod down, the Phrygian's slave, all for glory and a shepherd's prize On Ida! Wherefore should great Hera,s eyes So hunger to be fair? She doth not use to seek for other loves, being wed with Zeus. And maiden Pallas . . . did some strange god's face Beguile her, that she craved for loviness, Who chose from God one virgin gift above All gifts, and fleeth from the lips of love? Ah, deck not out thine own heart's evil springs By making spirits of heaven as brutish things And cruel. The wise may hear thee, and guess all! And Cypris must take ship--fantastical! Sail with my son and enter at the gate To seek thee! Had she willed it, she had sate At peace in heaven, and wafted thee, and all Amyclae with thee, under Ilion's wall
Some explanations of this passage: Pallas is Pallas Athena. Hera is the patron goddess of Argos. Athena is the patron goddess of Athens. Troy was in Phrygia. Amyclae is a sacred shrine near Sparta sacred to Apollo. This may be a reference to love conquering wisdom.
Images by more recent artists follow:
- Ludovico David
- Joachim Wtewael
- Hendrick von Balen
- Claude Lorrain
- G. F. Watts
- Judgement of Paris (after Raphael) Raimondi: Marcantonio 1480 (ca)
- JEAN-FRANÇOIS DE TROY
- A lesson plan including this topic can be found at: Click here
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Questions and Answers
Question: what dose it mean
Answer: The later classical writers set up the judgement of Paris as a
beauty contest caused by the vanity of three women goddesses. This was a
comment on the vanity of women. Earlier writers were more concerned with
the life choices that each man must make between love, power, and wisdom.
Robert Graves felt that the earliest interpretation involved what Paris
got from the goddesses, possibly the alphabet.
Question: Was Peter Paul Rubens commissioned to paint The Judgement of Paris?
Answer: It was commissioned for the Spainish court and now hangs in
the Museo de Prado, Madrid. This picture is an oil on canvas that was
completed 1638-9. Venus in the center is a likeness of the artist’s wife.
Note that the goddesses are displaying their naked beauty, as is the
case with the later artists. The artists of ancient Greece were more likely
to emphasize the gifts that they would provide. After all it was
Aphrodite’s gift that swayed Paris, not her appearance.
Question: Who was Helen?
Answer: Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world.
Question: who did paris judge
Answer: The judgement of Paris is often portrayed in art as a beauty
contest which gave the artist the wonderful opportunity to paint three
beautiful nude women. The women portrayed were the goddesses Aphrodite,
Athena, and Hera. But in fact it was not the goddesses that were judged,
but rather their gifts. Athena would have given wisdom. Hera would have
given honor. The three goddesses are so beautiful that no human could
have judged them. Artemis would have given health, but the reason why
she was left out of this judgement is a long story. She is as beautiful
as the other goddesses and ends up with Aphrodite as the implications of
this judgement are played out.
Question: Who was left out of the wedding?
Answer: Eris, the goddess of discord. Eris is the goddess of strife and the
sister of Ares. It is she
who threw the golden apple with the words ‘for the fairest’ that caused
the three goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera to contend for the apple.
Paris did the judging and Aphrodite bribed him with Helen. He ran away with
Helen and this started the Trojan War.
Of Eris Hesiod says only “On a fifth day, they say, the Erinyes assisted at
the birth of Horcus (Oath) whom Eris (Strife) bare to trouble the forsworn.”
Question: Why do u put false statements in here????!!!
Answer: I know of no false statements. Many of the statements are
carefully researched. If you question one of the statements then point it
out. I will be glad to consider it again, especially as it may be a typo. If
further research proves a statement to be wrong, then I will change it.
Question: what was the mountain
Answer: Mount Ida in the neighborhood of Troy. “…when a second [p. 47]
babe was about to be born Hecuba dreamed she had brought forth a firebrand,
and that the fire spread over the whole city and burned it.4 When Priam
learned of the dream from Hecuba, he sent for his son Aesacus, for he was an
interpreter of dreams, having been taught by his mother’s father Merops. He
declared that the child was begotten to be the ruin of his country and advised
that the babe should be exposed. When the babe was born Priam gave it to a
servant to take and expose on Ida; now the servant was named Agelaus. Exposed
by him, the infant was nursed for five days by a bear; and, when he found it
safe, he took it up, carried it away, brought it up as his own son on his
farm, and named him Paris. When he grew to be a young man, Paris excelled many
in beauty and strength, and was afterwards surnamed Alexander, because he
repelled robbers and defended the flocks.5 And not long afterwards he
discovered his parents.” (Apollodorus, 3.12.5
Question: can i relate the city “PARIS” to The Judgement of Paris
Answer: I do not think so. The city is named after a word for swamp.
Question: what century did the judgement of paris originate?
Answer: The Greeks took the judgement of Paris to be an historical fact.
It occurred about 1194 BCE.
Question: How does the myth relate to painting?
Answer: Artists have found the myth to be a popular subject for painting. It
lends itself to pastoral landscapes with beautiful goddesses appealingly posed.
Question: Can you give me all Hera’s brothers and sisters
Answer: The children of Cronus and Rhea are Hestia, Pluto, Poseidon, Zeus,
Hera, and Demeter.
Question: Does any one know where to find any pictures about the judgement
of Paris? I need some non-nuditity pictures for my mythology class.. thankyou
Answer: During the classical period the judgement degenerated into a beauty
contest giving artists the opportunity of painting naked goddesses trying to
look beautiful. But the earier interpretation was a judgement of the
gifts the goddesses could bring. An earlier image follows:
Question: What time period was this wrritten in?
Answer: The judgement of Paris occurred about 1200 BCE and it has been
written about ever since.
Question: What is the portrayal of Athena in The Judgement of Paris?
Answer: Originally the judgement of Paris was probably a judgement of the
value of the gifts of the goddesses. In the Odyssey the story
about the daughters of Pandereus suggests that Athenas gifts were skill in
all famous handiwork, while Hera gives beauty and wisdom. But later as
Athena took over the realm of wisdom, she gave wisdom and craft, while
Hera gave dignity and Aphrodite gave beauty.
Question: Was Athena’s portrayal inThe Judgement of Paris accurate?
The Greeks were not that concerned with accuracy in their myths so their is
no definitive treatment of the judgement of Paris. Athena’s portrayal
varies from source to source so it is not that accurate.
Question: Artemis was said to be lovely-haired, beautiful,tall and fair
of stature. But she was not involved in the judgement of Paris. Was it
because she wasn’t beautiful enough or was it because she didn’t care
or was it because ot wouldn’t suit her image as a warrior?
Answer: Actually it was because she was not accepted as a goddess in Greece
at the time of the judgement of Paris. But she was just after that because
she is mentioned by Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. She did participate
in the Trojan war but not in the early preliminaries. It was she that required
the sacrifice of Iphiginia, and she fought with Apollo on the side of the
Trojans. You might also say that she was not vain enough to participate
in such an event. Hestia also was excluded, perhaps for this reason. This
was more true later when the judgement turned into a beauty contest among naked
goddesses. Really only aphrodite was that vain.
Question: What are the different versions of the judgement of Paris?
Answer: Originally the judgement was of the gifts of the goddesses and
they were portrayed in regal garments with their gifts. Later it became a
beauty contest and the goddesses were displayed nude.
Question: What is the significance of the winged child?
Answer: The male child with eagle wings is Eros. The female child
with butterfly wings is Psyche.
Question: which one is aphrodite? Who is the male figure behind the tree?
Answer: The goddesses are identified by their symbols: Athena wears a
helmet, Aphrodite wears a crown. Hermes is often the extra figure. But these
issues vary from picture to picture. Identify the picture you are referencing.
Question: who are the other two girls? How did paris’s choice precipitate the trojan war?
Answer: Nymphs probably. Aphrodite’s gift was the love of a married woman.
Question: What was going on while Paris judged the goddesses?
Answer: Mycenae was beginning a period of 150 years of war at the end of
which that culture was destroyed.
Question: who won
Answer: Aphrodite won by bribing Paris with the love of the most beautiful
woman in the world.
Question: what is the size of the original painting by Marcantonio Raimondi?
Answer:11 1/2 x 17 3/16 in. (29.2 x 43.6 cm) is the size of the copy held by the
Metropolitan Museum oF Art in New York. It is a print of a painting by Rubens.
Question: Was Artemis involved in the judgement of Paris
Answer: No. But this fact is interesting. Of the five major goddesses
three, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, were in the judgement of Paris. Hestia and
Artemis are not. Artemis was probably left out because the story predates her
arrival. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite arrived in Greece from Crete, while
Artemis seems to have come from the North.
Question: which godesses married Hermes
Answer: Hermes was involved with the following women:
I leave it to the reader to determine which one of these are wives and
which are goddesses.
Question: Why was Hera such a brat?
Answer: Click on the menu directory below and click on Hera.
Question: Why was Paris chosen to judge the goddesses?
Answer: First of all the goddesses went to Zeus to make the judgement.
He was very wise to defer to Paris because the judge was bound to earn the
animosity of the two loser goddesses. Hecuba, the mother of Paris, had a dream
when she was pregnant that she gave birth to a blazing torch from which
serpents issued. Seers then advised her to destroy the child. They obviously
knew of the deep trouble that Paris would cause, but they missed the specifics.
Zeus, who knows all, would have understood the true meaning and assigned
the task to Paris, having known that he was destined to do it. This is further
reinforced by the fact that the word for apple and shepherd is the same in
Greek. Paris was a shepherd on Mt. Ida when he was asked to perform the task.
Because of the circumstances of his life, he may have been the only shephard
at the time who was also a prince.
Question: was hera more godess or human like
Answer: Hera was a goddess with human qualities.
Question: where did hera live?
Answer: on Mt. Olympus in the palace of Zeus.
Question: was hera more pretty aphrodite
Answer: Most goddesses are beautiful especially Aphrodite, Hera, Athena, and
Artemis; but Aphrodite was chosen by Paris to be the most beautiful.
Question: which character is which in Claude Lorrain’s painting on the
judgemnet of paris, also, does the sheeps represent anything in
Answer: This image can be viewed at: Click here. From the left the characters seem to be
Paris, Eros, Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena. The sheep and goats are present
because at that time Paris was a shepherd. He became a shepherd because when
he was born a prince his mother received premonitions of his future behavior.
Her family then abondoned him on Mt. Ida where he was found and raised by shepherds.
Question: With the Death of Achilles it seems that the Trojans would win yet how did the Greeks think of the Trojan horse?
Answer: Athena helped Odysseus with the idea.
Question: How was Hera the sister os Zueses wife when Hera was his wife?
Answer: Hera was both Zeus’s sister and his wife. The deities had to
marry siblings because in the beginning there were so few of them. They did
not like human’s marrying siblings though.
Question: Do you have any information about “the three goddesses” painted
for Elizabeth I?
Question: What happend as a result of Pari’s choice?
Answer: When Paris chose Aphrodite then Aphrodite rewarded him by making
Helen fall so madly in love with him that she ran away with him. This, in
spite of the fact that she was legally married to Menelaus.
Question: What did Athena promise Paris to be named the most beautiful of all Goddesses
Answer: The wisdom to be victorious in war.
Question: Is the stroy of the judgement of paris told in any of the ancient myths, the oddysey, the illiad, the aneid, or metamorphosis?
Answer: Homer makes one passing reference in XXIV. The Aeneid and
Metamorphosis are Roman works and not relevant here.
Question: What role does Hermes play in this story?
Answer: Hermes is the messenger of Zeus who will explain to Paris
his duty. He will also carry out the will of Zeus.
Question: When and how did Paris die?What role does Hermes play in this story?
Answer: After Achilles was killed by Paris, Philoctetes wounded Paris with
an arrow from the bow that Hercules had given him. Paris called on Oenone,
the nymph he had spurned, to heal him, but she let him die, and later killed
Question: what were the items that athena hera and aprodite bribed paris with in order to win the beauty contest?
Answer: In the oldest versions of the story that are illustrated on ancient
ceramics it is the gifts of the goddesses
that seem to be judged. In later versions it is the beauty of the goddesses
that is judged. In the Iliad 24.28-30 the only comment
is that he “..approved the one who furnished to him an oject of grievous lust.”
In the Kypriawe are told that Paris is swayed by the promise of
marriage to Paris, but no mention is made of what Hera and Athena may have
promised. In Dionysalexandros of Kratinos (430 or 429 BCE) three
bribes are mentioned: Hera – political force, Athena – success in battle,
Aphrodite – handsomeness and sexual attractiveness.
Question: In what book was the story of the judgement of Paris first mentioned?
Answer: Probably the Iliad.
Question: How do Historians believe that the judgement of paris embodied greek culture or beliefs?
Answer: There are several ways that the judgement of Paris embodied
Greek belief. This event was part of the chain of causes that started the
Trojan war. The ancient Greeks were very interested in causes of things and
discussed this at length. The fact that it was a beauty contest among
three goddesses meant that an ideal had to be selected from several
alternatives. The ancient Greeks were very much into the idealization
of things. Finally, the judgement involved the explanation of the affairs of
men as a reaction to the emotions of the divinities. This is a common theme
in ancient Greek culture.
Question: Where did it take place?
Answer: Mount Ida, in Turkey. To read about it :
Answer: Normally an explanation involves a development of causes and
effects surrounding the event. But in fact the judgement of Paris is one
element of an explanation of the Trojan war. It demonstrates the concern
ancient Greeks had for cause and effect relationships. One reason this
tale exists may be that it does reflect an event in history that is a
cause for the Trojan war. It may also reflect a new realization of the
power of women. Whether it makes the Trojan war a conflict between passion
and reason is debatable.
Question: Did greek vase painters depict Paris as a barbarian or something else?
Answer: At the time of the Trojan war the residents of Troy spoke Greek
and worshipped the Greek Pantheon. During the Archaic period the Ionian
area on the eastern shore of the Aegean thrived as a Greek territory. But the
Persians conquered most of these territories and held them through the
Classical period. While the Persians held the Ionian territories Troy was
seen as a barbarian area. Whether Paris was viewed as a barbarian
might be viewed similarly.
Question: What did Paris do wrong?
Answer: A wise man avoids choosing among women. The one you choose might
be happy, but the ones you reject will be unhappy and scorned. But if you
must choose between Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite then choose Athena as
Oenone suggested. At least you will have wisdom on your side when the
trouble starts. And why would you cast aside a loyal lover like Oenone for
the most beautiful woman in the world. The only thing wrong with Oenone was
that her love was too easy. She was beautiful and loved Paris even though he
was just a shepherd. But then the choice of Helen did bring a lot of
excitement into his life. The war he caused will never be forgotten. And
if he had not gotten himself wounded the outcome might have been better. But
when he was wounded it was Oenone who could have saved him. And she was so
hurt that she let him die.
Question: Who was the godess that threw the apple at Tetis’s weeding?
Answer: Eris, the goddess of discord, threw the apple at Thetis’s wedding.
Question: What is zueses horses name
Answer: Zeus used Pegasus to carry his thunderbolts. Pegasus was the
winged horse or flying horse. Pegasus is the symbol of poetry and the
creative arts because he brought forth a spr1ing for the muses that stimulated
poetry and creative arts.
Question: What are there so many pictures of the judgement of Paris?
The idea of depicting three nude goddesses is irresistible.
Question: did the other godesses bribe him as well?
Answer: Actually none of the goddesses bribed him. The moral of the story
is that a goddess must be judged by her gifts. Paris chose Aphrodite in spite
of the warning of Oenone to choose Athena. But this would not be the only
time that Aphrodite turned a man into a blithering idiot. Hera’s gift would
have been pride or status. Athena would have given wisdom and Aphrodite love.
The physical beauty of a goddess is fairly perfect so there is really nothing
physical to judge. But their gifts can be remarkably important depending
upon your situation.
Question: what was the impact on Greek culture from the “Judgement of Paris”?
Answer: Initially the judgement of Paris was one of the causes of the Trojan
war. Though this war may have brought about the downfall of the Mycenaean
Civilization, it had little effect on the politics of Classical Greece. But
the stories surrounding this war had a remarkable effect on the literature
and art of ancient Greece. And this, in turn affected the thought and culture
of that period. One concept related to the role of choice and fate. The
judgement of Paris is very much about the long term consequences of a choice.
In fact the insignificance of his choice could be noted. How could anyone
have known that the result of a choice of who was the most beautiful could
result in a war that would kill many thousands and even ones own death? Yet
the choice was frivolous. He was free to choose. If any choice had been fated
then Athena would have been chosen. And yet once the choice was made the
result necessarily followed. This set the Greek mind to look for causes and
when it did it discovered philosophy, logic, mathematics, and science.
Question: what are the distinguishing points in this work of art?
Answer: There are many literary works and art objects which describe and
illustrate this story.
Question: I am studying Wtewael’s Judgement of Paris and I had a few questions about it.
On your website, someone asked about the man near the tree. He is standing in
the background, almost in the shade. Do you know who he is and why he is
Also, in the background I can’t seem to figure out what they are doing. They
seem to be celebrating and an angel is coming down from the sky. What is the
significance of that background scene?
Question: What would Hera wear?
Answer: There are many pictures of the judgement of Paris showing the
goddesses totally nude when they are being judged. The merit of this is
that nothing is covered up or hidden. There is no deception in the view of
the goddesses. But many think there is an advantage to deception. If
the value of a woman is her sex organ then showing it removes all the mystery.
Covering the organ increases the mystery. Covering it with a totem is even
better. The totem enhances the power of the organ and makes it more fertile.
Hera would then wear an apron with a peacock or cow inscribed on it.
Even more mystery can be cause by a filmy, gauzy gown, that reveals curves
but hides blemishes. These dresses were much in style amongst the ancient
Greek women, especially the hetaerae. They would buy silk versions that
inspired every type of imagination
Then there are the outfits fit for a queen. Cloth of gold, and heavy
jewelry, with a crown on top. The jewelry will be so brilliant that this
is all the viewer will see.
Question: are any more pictures of the judgement of paris
Answer: There are many more. This is one of the most popular images in
all of art. I cannot hope to list all of them.
Question: How come Hera got married with her own brother?
Answer: When a mortal brother and sister marry and have sex the baby is
often born deformed. But this is not true with gods and goddesses. Zeus
was sexually aroused when his sister Hera popped out of their father naked.
He then contrived to deceive her into having sex with him. Hera immediately
knew that Zeus made her pregnant so she decided to marry him so her baby
would have a father. After all, she was the goddess of marriage.
Question: who were the major characters of Illisd and Oddysey?
Answer: The major characters are, to Homer, the gods and goddesses. The
mortals are secondary. For the tales of the Trojan war the major deities
are the quarreling goddesses, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. The major themes
of these works involve mortal accomodation to these divinities.
Question: what and where is the museum that houses Wtewael painting of the
judgement of Paris
Answer: The painting is NG6334. Bequeathed by Claude Dickason Rotch, 1962
to the National Gallery of London. Click here
Question: According to the myth “The Judgement of Paris” what would be a precise
translation of the myth in modern context? In other words if someone had
to rewrite the myth in modern tense what would be a good topic?
Answer: Moderns like to focus on the fact that it is a beauty contest of naked women
but you must realize that the goddesses are all ideally beautiful. Thus you must turn
to the goddesses’ other characteristics. These are the characteristics of the realm that
each goddess ruled. The ancients referred to these as the gifts of the goddesses. The myth
turns the gifts into bribes. But the real question involves a choice of life’s direction
for success. It is like the word ‘plastics’ in the movie ‘The Graduate’. Which of these
goddesses will lead to success in life if you focus on her realm. Aphrodite is a focus
on success with sex. Hera is success with status. And Athena is success with knowledge.
Paris chose sex but Oenone said he should have chosen knowledge.