apple of discord

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Las bodas de Tetis y Peleo (The Wedding of Tethys and Peleus, 1633) by Jacob Jordaens, from the collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain

A reference to the μῆλον τῆς Ἔριδος (mêlon tês Éridos, apple of Eris) in Greek mythology, a golden apple inscribed ‘for the fairest female’ which Eris (known as Discordia to the Romans), the goddess of discord and strife, tossed in the midst of the feast of the gods at the wedding of Tethys and Peleus. This provoked a dispute among Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera as to who was the most beautiful, and eventually led to the Trojan War.



apple of discord (plural apples of discord)

  1. An object or topic which sows anger and dissension; something which causes argument, rivalry, or strife.


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