Friday, May 28, 2010

Myths and Legends: Hector and Paris

Hector and Paris. To find out more about Hector and his brother Paris, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Hector and Paris were both princes of Troy, sons of King Priam. It was when Paris abducted Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, that the Trojan War was set in motion; Troy was attacked by Greek armies led by Agamemnon, brother of Menelaus, seeking Helen's return. In this painting, you can see Hector, the great hero of the Trojan people, rebuking his brother Paris for having abducted Helen and for being unwilling to fight in the war that he himself had caused. The clothing worn by Paris and by Hector heightens the utter contrast between the two of them.

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