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Paris (also known as Alexander or Alexandros) was a child of Priam and Hecuba. He was the royal heir of the city of Troy and appears in Greek mythology (Homer's Illiad). He is probably the best-known for 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' mother, Thetis.
The Trojan War Edit
Paris is the one who caused the Trojan War to occur with the Trojans fighting against the Greeks. Before the Trojan War began, he was appointed by Zeus to judge the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite was the fairest, thus giving to the winner the apple. Each of them promised Paris something, Hera offered him power, Athena wisdom, and bravery to be the greatest warrior while Aphrodite the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen. Thus he chose Helen. However, Helen was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta. When Paris eloped, or abducted Helen, Menelaus in accordance of an oath in which all of Helen's suitor before she was married swore before Tyndareus, Helen's father, and King of Sparta, to defend the marriage to the man that Tyndareus will chose for Helen, obligated them to bring her back to Menelaus. Some came voluntarily, like Diomedes while others were forced like Odysseus. These men represented the power, wealth, and military prowess of Achaea. Thus, the whole might of Greece waged war with Troy, which included their generation's greatest heroes like Agammemnon, king of Mycenae(which was the chosen overall commander), Achilles, Diomedes, Odysseus, Philoctetes, and Ajax,
In Homer's Illiad, it is said that the Trojan War took ten years of fighting between the Greek armies and the Trojan army. Nine of the ten were spent fighting between the armies but the Greeks didn't have an advantage since Achilles, a son of Thetis, spent his agreement on Agamemnon in his tent. The Tenth, however, had Achilles returning to help the Greek army fight when he heard that Paris' brother, Hector, had killed his best friend, Patroclus, while Patroclus was wearing Achilles' armor.
Achilles then killed Hector in a duel around the walls surrounding Troy. After he killed Hector, Achilles preceded to tie Hector's mangled (and also lewd) body with ropes to his chariot and pulled Hector's body around the city walls for a long while. Then, under a short truce, Paris' father and king of Troy goes to Achilles to ask him to give him the body of Hector, his son. Achilles relents, and gives the dead Hector's body to him, but at the same time he cries.
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 beauty 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 skills in battle to become the greatest warrior.
- Aphrodite - the most beautiful woman on earth (which turned out to be Helen)
- Hera - ownership of Europe, and Asia.
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 her gift was the best. 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.
Percy briefly mentions Paris and his relationship with Helen when talking to Aphrodite about tragic love stories in a white limousine at the Junkyard of the Gods, to which the love goddess replies to by shaking her head sadly, but having a smile as she is nodding.