Aphrodite and Helen of Troy

K10_8Aphrodite& HeleneThis representation of Aphrodite is on an Attic red figure on an amphora. It is from the Greek Classical from the 5th century BC which makes the amphora 2,500 years old. In the story, Helen who is the wife of Menelaus, the King of Sparta. Later on we’ll check out a Judgment of Paris where Paris, the son of King Priam of Troy, is asked by three goddesses to judge who is the most beautiful. Aphrodite promises him the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris chooses Aphrodite. She gives him Helen, the wife of Menelaus. Not pictured, Nemesis directs Tykhe (ill-fortune) to punish Paris. His act set off the Trojan War which ends in the destruction of Troy and the death or enslavement of its citizens.

Tomorrow, More Aphrodite.


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