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He is so unbelievably shallow, he could only be played by Orlando Bloom: Paris of Troy. He wears leopard skin and so slanders this noble beast for the rest of literary time. Helen was so beautiful her face launched a thousand ships, while Paris was so superficial he let Troy burn rather than lose a prize.
Iliad is full of passages where Paris lacks any redeeming qualities. He could end the war by doing his duty and dying, but instead boldly runs away in the arms of mighty Aphrodite. Hector has to hector him to go to battle or he would stay in the arms of Helen. Paris lurks on the edges of battle shooting arrows at the brave warriors.
Decades - Student - Paris - Winner - Achilles
Yet sometimes, less rarely now that a few decades ago, I will have a student that thinks Paris is a winner. After all if Achilles is the greatest warrior, the atom bomb of the ancient battlefield, Paris is “Star Wars” and kills Achilles. The shot may be lucky, and it might happen after Iliad ends, but Paris is proof, the students claim, that is is better to be lucky than good. Paris kills the mightiest warrior, sleeps with the hottest woman, and lives in luxury for the entire war. Paris is a winner to these lads. If fate decrees he must die in the War, even his ex-wife is kills herself when she hears the news.
This is a mistake, even if judged only by Homeric ethics.
Virtue - Homer - Excellence - Man - Something
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