Apple of Discord ΜΗΛΟ ΤΗΣ ΕΡΙΔΟΣ/μήλο της έριδος By: Wesley Aday Alliance Akins
Mythology ● Zeus held a banquet for the marriage of Peleus and Thetis ● Eris was not invited ○ Eris was the Goddess of Strife and Discord Attic Red Figure, Kylix, Signed ○ Zeus thought if she went to the party that by Peithinos, ca 500 B. C. she would make everyone upset ○ Eris being upset that she was not invited brought with her the Golden Apple of Discord Peter Paul Rubens, The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Oil on panel, 1636
The Apple Of Discord ● The golden apple was from the gardens of the Hesperides ● In later tellings of the myth the apple was inscribed with ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΗΙ or “For the Fairest” Attic Red Figure, Hydria, Attributed to the Meidias Painter, ca. 420 - 400 B. C.
What Happened? ● Eris threw the apple to the Gods ● Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena all claimed it, but asked Zeus to name one of them the most beautiful ● Zeus, not wanting to choose a side, gave the task to Paris (a Prince of Troy) ● The three Goddesses met Paris on Mount Ida so that he could decide who was the fairest
What Happened? ● While Paris was judging, the goddesses tried to bribe him ○ Athena offered him skill and power in times of war ○ Hera offered to make him King of Europe and Asia ○ Aphrodite offered him Helen of Sparta ● Paris chooses Aphrodite as the winner and received his prize ○ This choice is the mythological basis of what started the Trojan War Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Hermes and Paris, Athenian red-figure kylix C 5 th B. C.
Today’s Usage ● ● ● Henry-Pierre Picou, The Judgment of Paris, Oil on canvas An “Apple of Discord” is the centerpoint of an argument It is also a smaller issue that could become a bigger dispute Also in Barcelona there is a place named “La manzana de la discordia” ○ It is named this way because “manzana” means both apple and city-block in spanish ○ Also because that block contains four different interpretations of Modernisme architecture
A good modern day example of an “Apple of Discord” would be who should have won the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots? Or the Los Angeles Rams? This event causes people to disagree, and it causes a lot of trouble. Just like the apple did.