Paris and His LifeParis was the second son of Priam and Hecabe.Paris had a brother named Hector. Paris was alsoknown as Alexander. Paris was abandoned as achild and was raised by shepherds. Paris was loved bythe nymph Oenone. He married Oenone and shegave birth to his son.
Paris and His Life Continued Oenone possessed prophetic powers, and she caused him not to sail to country of Helen. He didn’t follow her advice, she promised to heal him if he’d be wounded, that was the only aid she could afford him. Paris himself is further said to have killed his son from jealousy, as he found him with Helen
Paris and His Life Continued He was chosen to settle the dispute among the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, all of them claimed possession of the apple of discard, golden fruit inscribed “to the fairest.” Hera tried to bribe Paris with royal greatness and riches, and Athena offered success in war. Paris awarded the apple to Aphrodite, who promised him Helen, the
Paris’s Special TalentsParis was extremely talented with a bow and arrow.He managed to kill Achilles by shooting him in hisonly weakness, which was his heel.Paris was a good looking man.Paris and Aphrodite kidnapped Helen from theSpartan king Menelaus, which brought about the
WeaknessesOne of Pariss biggest weaknesses is his obsession with Helen (the mostbeautiful woman in the world). Paris is in love with Helen, but she isalready married to the ruler of Sparta9King Menelaus). Paris latervisits King Menelaus and with Aphrodites help betrays the King ofSparta and kidnaps Helen. King Menelaus had become enraged.One other weakness that Paris has is he is not good/gifted when itcomes to close-quarter combat, but he is good with a bow.
MythThe Judgement of Paris. When Peleus and Thetis were married Zues held the banquet on Mount Olympus. Allthe gods, goddesses, and demi-gods were invited to the wedding. All but, Eris, the goddess of strife. She was atrouble-maker and no one wanted her at the wedding. When she did show up at the wedding she was told to leave.Angered by not being able to attend she threw a golden apple to the goddesses. Inscribed on the apple was the word"καλλίστῃ" (kallistē). Meaning To the fairest one. The goddesses all reached for the apple. Quickly anargument broke out. Who was the fairest? The most beautiful goddesses were obviously Hera, Aphrodite, andAthena and they each tried to claim the apple. Zeus not wanting to anger either of the goddesses, decided that hewould get Paris to choose. He sent Hermes to ask the man if he would be the judge of the contest. Hermes went toParis while he was herding cattle on Mount Garagarus and asked if he would make the decision of who was the fairest.Paris accepted the task. So he sat and waited for the first goddess. Hera appeared first. She told him if he chose hershe would give him all of Europe and Asia. Although the offer was tempting, Paris decided to hear the other offers.Next was Athena. She told him she would give him skill in battle, wisdom, and the abilities of the greatest warriors.Still he waited for the last offer, wanting to see what the third goddess could give him. Last was Aphrodite. She toldhim she would give him the love of the most beautiful women in the world. Helen, the Queen of Sparta. Paris took notime deciding, he chose Aphrodite- and Helen. Helen was married to Menelaus, the King of Sparta. Paris went toSparta and was welcomed by the King but, Paris betrayed his host. With the assistence of Aphrodite Parisabducted Helen and took her back to Troy. Menelaus was determined to get her back. He called on all of Helensprevious suitors for help with returning his Queen.This began the Trojan War.