The Judgment of Paris

Much more ancient literature has been lost to time than saved, such that what we know about the ancient world is tantalizingly provisional. It’s conjecture and reasoning and following trails that often lead to more questions, rather than fewer. Myths that are referenced obliquely in archaic texts might disappear from written sources for centuries, onlyContinue reading “The Judgment of Paris”

Eris and the Origins of the Trojan War

In archaic Greek epic tradition, the Trojan war’s origins lie with Eris, the goddess of discord. For self-evident reasons, Eris was left off the guest list for the wedding of Thetis, a sea nymph, and Peleus, a mortal king. But she managed to make mischief anyway, by tossing an apple among the guests bearing theContinue reading “Eris and the Origins of the Trojan War”