Hermes, I am frightened to make such a bold decision. They are as fair as the other!
Just choose! Nothing bad will come of it, because it was the will of Zeus.
Choose me, gallant Paris and you shall have powers far greater than that of any king. I will make you lord of all Asia and Greece.
Paris confessed to Hermes his fears. He wondered how he would escape the vengeance of the two that were not chosen. Paris agrees to judge after Hermes tells him nothing bad will become of it.
Power is good, Fair Paris, yet what good is power without the wisdom to wield it properly? I will give you wisdom. You will be the wisest man on earth and everyone will seek you for your advice. It is with knowledge you will gain power, for you will be able to get anything your heart desires.
Hera was the first to speak
Paris imagines being the greatest ruler of all-time. His life would be changed. Maybe his destiny was not to be a herdsman after all.
Dear Paris, knowledge and power cannot give you what your lonely heart desires; they cannot give you love. If you choose me as the fairest, I will give you the beautiful woman upon earth tone your bride. Her name is Helen of Sparta.
Athena spoke next.
Paris thought being the wisest man on earth seemed much better even than being a king, he wanted to give Athena the apple but waited to hear Aphrodite.
Aphrodite looked deep into Paris's soul to find what he truly desired. She spoke with words like music.