Aphrodite

by~Kayla Casares

Thesis

In Joel Skidmore's Mythweb.com Aphrodite is the most significant goddess in Greek Mythology that protrays an image that is both misleading and minulative.

Summary

All gods have been invited to the ceremony, of the newly wed Peleus and Thetis, all but one god, Aphrodite. Aphrodite being angered for not being invited had left a golden apple on a banquet table that said “For the Fairest of them All,” with the intentions of causing a scuffle, which occurred. Immediately all the goddesses began to argue about whose said beauty entitled them to this valued prize. Paris (the most handsome mortal of them all) was chosen as a judge to award the goddess with the golden apple. It was between three finalists; Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena. All three goddesses attempted to bride Paris for the gift. Hera promised Paris she would help him rule the world. Athena promised Paris she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite promised Paris love from the most beautiful woman in the world, the most beautiful woman in the world was Helen, who was married to the king of Sparta. Pairs chose Aphrodite’s offer and awarded her the golden apple, and in return Aphrodite awarded Paris the love from Helen. The king of Sparta wanted his wife back and raised an army to get her, this being known as the Trojan war.

Quote

For example, Aphrodite try’s to cause havoc because she was not invited to a ceremony.

“The slighted goddess happened to a specialist in sowing discord, so she maliciously deposited a golden apple on the banquet table,” (Skidmore).

This shows that Aphrodite is misleading as well as minulatitve because she was trying to cause a problem. Her goal was for a conflict to arise because she was not invited to a party.

Conclusion

Finally, Aphrodite is misleading and minutlatitve because she tried to cause problems between other goddesses. Aphrodite has impacted Greek mythology significantly because she caused the Trojan war by being misleading and minulatitve.


Works cited

"Greek Mythology." Greek Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

"Greek Mythology Pantheon. Greek Gods and Goddesses - Titans - Heroes and Mythical Creatures." Greek Mythology Pantheon. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.