Today, we continue our week-long celebration of the release of Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, a companion novel to the Percy Jackson series — which this year is marking 10 years in print! Each day this week, we’re bringing you a little more in-depth information about Greek mythology — and a unique chance to win a Percy Jackson prize pack. (Details on that later in this post, so keep reading!) For now, here’s today’s lesson.
Perhaps one of the most famous events in Greek mythology, the Trojan War spanned approximately ten years. As the story goes, the Spartans waged war on the city of Troy after Paris stole Helen away from her Spartan king husband Menelaus.
Of course, that didn’t happen until AFTER the gods meddled — all because Athena, Hera and Aphrodite were arguing over who was the prettiest. (Really.) Fed up with their stupid argument (and who can blame him), Zeus gave hottie human dude Paris a golden apple, and told him to give the apple to whichever of the goddesses he thought was the hottest.
Paris chose Aphrodite. She was so pleased with his choice, that she made Helen — the most beautiful human woman — fall in love with Paris, even though she was already married to a king, LOL.
Thus the ten-year war was launched, in which lots of Greek heroes died — including Paris himself, along with other names you might recongize, like Achilles, Ajax, and Hector — and was ultimately won by the Greeks when the Trojans fell for the old Trojan Horse ruse. (Which was brand new at the time, hence the name “Trojan Horse.”)
Essentially, it was a huge bloody mess, and you can read more about it in lots of texts about Greek mythology, including Homer’s Illiad. But basically, three goddess ladies couldn’t decide who was prettiest — and that started a ten year, deadly war. Nice one, eh?
Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.
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