A Question (in Contests)


The Vanguard October 8 2008 10:53 AM EDT

Whoever answers the question first gets a RoE, HoC and 1.8 mil.

Who is Paris, what is his alternate name what is he famous for, and what is his judgement?

The Vanguard October 8 2008 10:54 AM EDT

Should say first to post a reply wins

Relic October 8 2008 10:59 AM EDT

Paris (Greek: Πάρις; also known as Alexander or Alexandros, c.f. Alaksandu of Wilusa), the son of Priam, king of Troy, appears in a number of Greek legends. Probably the best-known was his elopement with Helen, queen of Sparta, this being one of the immediate causes of the Trojan War. Later in the war, he fatally wounds Achilles in the heel with an arrow, as foretold by Achilles's mother, Thetis.

In Greek mythology Paris was the child of Priam and Hecuba; just before his birth, his mother dreamed that she gave birth to a flaming torch. This dream was interpreted by the seer Aesacus as a foretelling of the downfall of Troy, and he declared that the child would be the ruin of his homeland. On the day of Paris's birth it was further announced by Aesacus that the child born of a royal Trojan that day would have to be killed to spare the kingdom, being the child that would bring about the prophecy. Though Paris was indeed born before nightfall, he was spared by Priam; Hecuba, too, was unable to kill the child, despite the urging of the priestess of Apollo, one Herophile. Instead, Paris's father prevailed upon his chief herdsman, Agelaus, to remove the child and kill him. The herdsman, unable to use a weapon against the infant, left him exposed on Mount Ida, hoping he would perish there (cf: Oedipus); he was, however, suckled by a she-bear. Returning after nine days, Agelaus was astonished to find the child still alive, and brought him home in a backpack (πήρα, hence Paris's name, which means "backpack") to rear as his own. He returned to Pram bearing a dog's tongue as evidence of the deed's completion. [1]

Paris's noble birth was betrayed by his outstanding beauty and intelligence; while still a child he routed a gang of cattle-thieves and restored the animals they had stolen to the herd, thereby earning the surname Alexander ("protector of men")[1]. It was at this time that Oenone became Paris's first lover. She was a nymph from Mount Ida in Phrygia. Her father was Cebren, a river-god (other sources declare her to be the daughter of Oeneus). She was skilled in the arts of prophecy and medicine, which she had been taught by Rhea and Apollo respectively. When Paris later left her for Helen she told him that if ever he was wounded, he should come to her for she could heal any injury, even the most serious wounds.

Paris's chief distraction at this time was to pit Agelaus's bulls against one another. One bull began to win these bouts consistently, and Paris began to set it against rival herdsmen's own prize bulls; it defeated them all. Finally Paris offered a golden crown to any bull that could defeat his champion. Ares responded to this challenge by transforming himself into a bull and easily winning the contest. Paris gave the crown to Ares without hesitation; it was this apparent honesty in judgment that prompted the gods of Olympus to have Paris arbitrate the divine contest between Hera, Aphrodite and Athena.

In celebration of the marriage of Peleus and Thetis, Lord Zeus, father of the Greek pantheon, hosted a banquet on Mount Olympus. Every deity and demi-god had been invited, except Eris, the goddess of strife; no one wanted a troublemaker at a wedding. For revenge, Eris threw the golden Apple of Discord inscribed with the word "Kallisti" ラ "For the most beautiful one" ラ into the party, provoking a squabble among the attendant goddesses over for whom it had been meant.

The goddesses thought to be the most beautiful were Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, and each one claimed the apple. They started a quarrel so they asked Zeus to choose one of them. Knowing that choosing any of them would bring him the hatred of the other two, Zeus did not want to take part in the decision. He thus appointed Paris to select the most beautiful. Escorted by Hermes, the three goddesses approached Paris as he herded his cattle on Mount Garagarus. They immediately attempted to bribe him to choose among them - Hera offered ownership of all of Europe and Asia; Athena offered skill in battle, wisdom and the abilities of the greatest warriors; and Aphrodite offered the love of the most beautiful woman on Earth, Helen of Sparta. As if further convincing arguments were needed, Aphrodite then let her robe fall, exposing her nudity. Paris chose Aphroditeラand Helen.

Helen was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta, so Paris had to raid Menelaus's house to steal Helen from him. (According to some accounts, she fell in love with Paris and left willingly.) The Greeks' expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War. This triggered the war because Helen was famous for her beauty throughout Achaea (ancient Greece), and had many suitors of extraordinary ability. Therefore, following Odysseus's advice, her father Tyndareus made all suitors promise to defend Helen's marriage to the man he chose for her. When she disappeared to Troy, Menelaus invoked this oath. Helen's other suitorsラwho between them represented the lion's share of Achaea's strength, wealth and military prowessラwere obligated to help bring her back. Thus, the whole of Greece moved against Troy in force. The Trojan War had begun.

Hi im Jake October 8 2008 11:00 AM EDT

paris was a phrygian mortal and a shepherd-prince, He was famous for giving his prize winning bull to the gods after being beaten by ares in bull form, He chose Hera

The Vanguard October 8 2008 11:02 AM EDT

Can't argue with that, well that was my great attempt to bring culture to CB.

Kefeck [BlackSmith] October 8 2008 11:03 AM EDT

Paris was known as alexander. Famous for being the king of troy. The judgement required him to choose between three girls, in the end he chose aphrodite. This provoked the start of the trojan war.

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Kefeck [BlackSmith] October 8 2008 11:14 AM EDT

Lame.. All you wanted was a copy and paste. He didnt even use his own words.

The Vanguard October 8 2008 11:19 AM EDT

At least the answer was right...

Kefeck [BlackSmith] October 8 2008 11:25 AM EDT

Very true.

Relic October 8 2008 11:52 AM EDT

Much thanks :)

PeterGriffin October 13 2008 12:44 PM EDT

WEAK!!!

Paris

Colonel Custard October 13 2008 12:49 PM EDT

Extremely

Kefeck [BlackSmith] October 13 2008 1:12 PM EDT

not really.

Wizard'sFirstRule October 13 2008 3:04 PM EDT

I am STUDYING a paper based on greek tragedy and greek myth...

TheHatchetman October 13 2008 6:10 PM EDT

weak what? a question was asked, a question was answered... Would it had been preferred that he utilize the middle school method of taking a paper already written by someone else and rewording every sentence?

if anything was "weak" it was the difficulty of the question as asked (but good luck finding a question with a definitive "correct" answer that isn't on the internet...)... Either that, or the flaming of a contest ~_^

Colonel Custard October 14 2008 12:14 AM EDT

He didn't answer the question. The person who authored the Wikipedia article answered the question. That's what's weak about it.

Relic October 14 2008 12:19 AM EDT

Answering a question with another person's words is (the last time I checked) still an answer. :)

Colonel Custard October 14 2008 12:29 AM EDT

It shows no knowledge of the material. It seems that someone who doesn't even know what they're talking about can't elaborate very well if further explanation is needed. Of course, you gave him so much information to wade through that there is no possible way to elaborate on it further.

You could've just answered the question.

3D October 14 2008 1:24 AM EDT

It is not the answerer's fault, he did what he was asked to do. There were no limits or rules to the contest.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 14 2008 1:32 AM EDT

"Paris Latsis (born Paris Kasidokostas on 8 August 1979) is a Greek shipping heir. He is the grandson of Yiannis "John S." Latsis.


Biography
Latsis is the son of Marianna and Gregory Katsidokostas, a water-ski instructor who created a scandal when he married a princess of Greek society. While the marriage lasted, they were shunned by the Athens elite. Katsidokostas runs a large water-ski school, is the longtime well-respected mayor of the seaside town Vouliagmeni, and became ensnared in a blackmail ring that also pulled in John Latsis, Paris' grandfather. His mother, Marianna, is a major philanthropist who donated funds for Greek earthquake relief and the Athens Olympics.

When his grandfather died in 2003, his fortune was estimated as the 101st largest in the world. Eventually the Latsis family expanded into banking, oil refining and real estate. Forbes magazine recently estimated the Latsis family fortune at US $7.5 billion -- placing them at No. 54 on the magazine's list of the world's richest people.

His inherited name is Paris Kasidokostas, not Latsis, and according to his father's own statements to the Greek media, his paternal name is his official name. While his uncle, Spiro Latsis, is listed in the lists as controlling the collective John Latsis estate, the bulk of the fortune is Spiro's own. Greek tradition dictates that one's estate is distributed in descending order from the oldest male heir ラ which would put Paris low on the list. In May 2005, it was announced that Paris Latsis became the fiancé of American socialite, Paris Hilton. In September 2005, the couple broke off their engagement."

I believe his judgement was that Paris Hilton was a whure (as Danny Devito put it). Hence the breaking off of the engagement.

Pwned you all, =P What do I win? lol.

SimplyNic October 14 2008 4:07 AM EDT

"Answering a question with another person's words is (the last time I checked) still an answer. :)"

What if you answer a question with another question from another person's question that was a question responded with another question?

xD And I'll be damned if I knew exactly what that meant lol

Godpanda October 14 2008 6:01 AM EDT

Good job, Relic. Quick on the trigger, eh? :P


The rest of you need to let this die. Poor sports.


(+2 Loch, lulz)

Colonel Custard October 14 2008 9:06 AM EDT

I still don't see any way in which it wasn't weak. I'm simply defending that claim from people who seem to think it isn't.
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