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Aphrodite, Paris and the Golden Apple
It all began when Eris, the goddess of discord, found that she had not been invited to the wedding of King Peleus with the sea Nymph Thetis - a wedding that took place on Mount Pelion in Thessaly, in Central Greece.
Eris was so angry at her exclusion that she decided to go to the wedding and throw a golden apple, the fruit of temptation, on the banquet table. The apple was to go to the "calliste" - the most beautiful.
Three goddesses claimed the beautiful golden apple:
Hera, the mature goddess of Marriage
Athena, the sophisticated goddess of Wisdom
Aphrodite, the sensual goddess of Love
Zeus, the King of the gods,deciding since all three were dear to him, so he left the judgment to the most beautiful young man - the Trojan Prince Paris.
Hera and Athena did their best to bribe Paris with power and glory.
Aphrodite, on the other hand, seduced him with love and offered him the most beautiful woman in the world: the legendary Helen of Sparta.
Paris chose Aphrodite and so Helen of Sparta was whisked away to become Helen of Troy.
According to one version in Greek mythology, this was the beginning of the legendary Trojan War, which lasted for ten years.