Maddening one, my Goddess, oh what now?
Lusting to lure me to my ruin yet again?
Where will you drive me next?
Off and away to other grand, luxurious cities,
out to Phrygia, out to Maeonia’s tempting country?
Have you a favorite mortal man there too?
…Well, go to him yourself – you hover beside him!
Abandon the gods’ high road and be a mortal!
Never set foot again on Mount Olympus, never! –
suffer for Paris, protect Paris, for eternity…
until he makes you his wedded wife – that or his slave.
The Iliad, Book 3, lines 460-465, 470-474. When Aphrodite bids the beautiful Helen over whom the Trojan War is fought to join Paris in his bed, Helen rebukes the goddess of love for interfering in her life. Aphrodite is protector of Hector, who kidnapped Helen from her Achaean husband Menelaus. Helen sees herself as the "slave" of Hector and implies that her kidnap was Aphrodite’s doing, telling the goddess to go him Hector herself.