In Greek mythology, the Trojan prince, Paris, choosing Aphrodite as the most beautiful Goddess, laid the antecedents for the Trojan War. Professor Joel Christensen, Brandeis University, returns to the show to discuss who Paris is in Greek tradition.
Professor Christensen appeared previously on the podcast in the episode Achilles w. Dr. Joel Christensen (May 30, 2021)
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- Professor Christensen is co-author of Homer’s Thebes: Epic Rivalries and the Appropriation of Mythical Pasts (Harvard University Press, 2020) and author of The Many-Minded Man: The Odyssey, Psychology and the Therapy of Epic (Cornell University Press, 2020)
- The various traditions regarding the meeting and relationship that Helen and Paris had was touched on in the episode. As discussed in the show, Dr. Christensen provided these sources for anyone who wants to read more on this topic: Timothy Gantz. Early Greek Myth. Baltimore, 1993., Apollodorus. Library of Mythology., Hyginus, Fabulae, Center for Hellenic Studies, Epic Cycle Translations, Fragments of the Epic Cycle, Malcolm Davies, The Cypria, Malcolm Davies, Aethiopis