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The judgement of Paris pot

The judgment of Paris was one of the events that led to the Trojan War.

Paris was given a task by Zeus to pick the fairest woman and give her the golden apple. In exchange Aphrodite offered Paris the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Troy, Athena offered him wisdom and skill in war, and Hera offered to make him the King of Europe and Asia. He accepted Aphrodite’s offer of the most beautiful woman, Helen of Troy. The fight to claim back Helen was the main reason for the Trojan War fought between the Greeks and the Trojans. Here we see the rehearsal of the judgement with Hermes (seen wearing winged sandals) putting Aphrodite, Athena and Hera through their lines before Paris arrives.

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