(Greek: Πάρις; also known as Alexander or Alexandros) was an child of Priam and Hecuba. He is the royal heir of the city of Troy, and appears in Greek mythology (Homer's Illiad). Probably the best-known was his elopement with Helen of Troy, queen of Sparta, this being one of the immediate causes of the Trojan War. Later in the war, he fatally wounds Achilles in the heel with an arrow, as foretold by Achilles's mother, Thetis.


The Judgement of ParisEdit

The Judgement of Paris was the cause for the result of the Trojan War to start between the Greeks and the Trojans. Paris was picked by Zeus, the king of the gods, to decide on who was the fairest goddess on Olympus - Aphrodite, Hera, or Athena.

There are many reasons on how Paris judged who was the true fairest goddess. One was that all three goddesses went naked to show him their beautifulness so he could decide which of them were fairest. The second was that at the same time all three goddesses stood before him they told him that if he decided on one of them they would give him:

  • Athena - the wisdom and strategies of war on other nations
  • Aphrodite - the most beautiful woman on earth (which turned out to be Helen)
  • Hera - the wealth of other nations

Paris, however, thought that each of Athena and Hera's gifts to him if they were chosen to be the fairest were not so good because he knew that his father and the city of Troy were at peace and that there was no use of a war. So instead of picking Athena and Hera as the fairest of all, Paris picked Aphrodite because he thought she was fair. This made Hera and Athena deeply angered that Paris had not picked them and they angrily disappeared to Olympus, causing the rest of the gods to help each side of the war in the fight against and for Troy.

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