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Paris, Troy and Her Allies, The Trojan War--single figure with spear
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Paris, The Trojan War--single figure with spear

THE TROJAN WAR

THE TROJANS

Traditionally, the Trojan War arose from a sequence of events beginning with a quarrel between the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.  Eris the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and so arrived bearing a gift:  A golden apple, inscribed “for the fairest”.

Each of the goddesses claimed to be the “fairest”, and the rightful owner of the apple.  They submitted the judgement to a shepherd they encountered tending his flock.  Each of the goddesses promised the young man a boon in return for his favour.  Power, wisdom, or love.  The youth, in fact Paris, a Trojan prince who had been raised in the countryside, chose love, and awarded the apple to Aphrodite.

As his reward, Aphrodite caused Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and the most beautiful of all women, to fall in love with Paris.

The judgement of Paris earned him the ire of both Hera and Athena, and when Helen left her husband, Menelaus, the Spartan king, for Paris of Troy, Menelaus called upon all the kings and princes of Greece to wage war upon Troy.

Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon King of Mycenae, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult.  After the death of many heroes, including the Achaeans, Achilles and Ajax and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse.  The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans, except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves.  They desecrated the temples, thus earning the wrath of the gods.

Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes, and many founded colonies in distant shores.  The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, Aphrodite’s son and one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern day Italy.

PARIS

Paris was the son of king Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy.  He is best known for his elopement with Helen, queen of Sparta, being one of the immediate causes of the Trojan War.

Later in the war he fatally wounds Achilled in the heel with an arrow as foretold by Achilles’ mother, Thetis.

Homer’s Iliad casts Paris as unskilled and cowardly.  Although Paris readily admits his shortcommings in battle, his brother Hector scolds and belittles him after he runs away from a duel with Menelaus that was to determine the end of the war.  His preference for bow and arrow emphasizes this, since he does not follow the code of honour shared by the other heroes.

Later in the war, after Philoctetes mortally wounds Paris, Helen makes her way to Mount Ida where she begs Paris’s first wife, the nymph Oenone to heal him.  Oenone refuses, and Paris dies later the same day.

After Paris’s death, his brother Deophobus marries Helen, and was then killed by Menelaus in the sack of Troy.

Due to be released in JULY 2022.