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“For the Fairest” is a reference to the story of the Judgement of Paris, one of the events from Greek Mythology that lead to the Trojan War. One brief summary would be to say that it is a story of man kind suffering due to the vanity of a God, or Goddesses, but this leaves out subtlety and much prose. The story goes that Zeus held a banquet to celebrate the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles). Eris, the goddess of discord (Chaos) was not invited. Eris went anyway, though in secret, to avenge herself for the exclusion and she threw a golden apple into the celebration. On the golden apple was the inscription καλλίστῃ (kallistēi, "for the fairest one"). Goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all claimed the apple as theirs. They asked Zeus to judge which of them was the fairest. Wise not to become too involved, he abdicated the burden of judgement to Paris, a mortal renowned for his fair judgement. Various versions exist, but all agree the judgement of Paris was for Aphrodite. Whether as a reward or as a bride to him it is unclear, but Aphrodite had Helen (“the most beautiful mortal woman”) fall in love with Paris, which she did despite being married to the King of Sparta. They sailed away together across the Aegean Sea to Troy, and in doing so unwittingly began a ten year war, the Trojan war. The story is detailed in the Iliad. So the reference “For the Fairest” is about many things; petty revenge of the Gods, desire, vanity, and perhaps a lesson for mortals meddling in the affairs of higher powers, but I think it points to ideas and lessons beyond that. I would venture that one truth from this tale would be that there is strength or goodness in not judging.
released 12 January 2013
Recorded at Uneven Studios, Denver, Colorado
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