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J. M. W. Turner, The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides
The manzana de la discordia (the turret on the left belongs to the Casa Lleó Morera; the building with the stepped triangular peak is the Casa Amatller; and the curved façade to its right is the Casa Batlló).

The Apple of Discord (Ancient Greek: μῆλον τῆς Ἔριδος) was a golden apple dropped by Eris, the goddess of strife, at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis in the Greek myth of the Judgement of Paris. It sparked a vanity-fueled dispute among Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite that eventually led to the Trojan War.[1]

In common parlance, the apple of discord is the core, kernel, or crux of an argument, or a small matter that could lead to a bigger dispute.[2]

Derivative uses[edit]

In the Eixample district of Barcelona, there is a block nicknamed in Spanish La manzana de la discordia (Catalan: Illa de la Discòrdia).[3] The reason for this usage is that the word manzana means both "apple" and "city block" in Spanish. It was so named ("block of discord") because it features four different interpretations of Modernisme architecture: Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló, Lluís Domènech i Montaner's Casa Lleó Morera, Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller, and Enric Sagnier's Casa Mulleras.

"To the Most Beautiful"[edit]

In some later sources, Eris inscribed on the apple "for the fairest"[4] or "to the most beautiful" before tossing it. The most popular version of the inscription is ΤΗΙ ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΗΙ (Ancient Greek: τῇ καλλίστῃ, romanizedtē(i) kallistē(i), lit.'for/to the most beautiful', Greek: τη καλλίστη, romanizedti kallisti).[5] Καλλίστῃ is the dative singular of the feminine superlative of καλός, "beautiful". In Latin sources, the word is formosissima.[6]

In an attempt to rationalize the myth, Ptolemaeus Chennus wrote that instead of an apple, the three goddesses fought over which would get a man named Melus ("apple") as her priest, with Paris deciding in favour of Aphrodite.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Apollodorus. "E.3.2". The Library Epitome. Translated by J. G. Frazer.
  2. ^ Timothy L. Gall; Susan B. Gall (1 January 2006). The Lincoln Library of Greek & Roman Mythology. Lincoln Library Press. ISBN 9780912168210.
  3. ^ Lorda, Mariano Mataix (7 May 1990). La Manzana de la Discordia (in Spanish). Marcombo. p. 13. ISBN 978-84-267-0783-3.
  4. ^ Lucian. "The Judgement of Paris". Dialogues of the Gods. Translated by H. W. & F. G. Fowler.
  5. ^ Randall L. Schweller (3 April 2014). Maxwell's Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium. JHU Press. ISBN 9781421412788.
  6. ^ Hyginus. "92". Fabulae. Translated by Mary Grant. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ Ptolemaeus Chennus 6.17, as epitomized by Photios I Myriobiblon 190