Ah, who could it be? For this golden apple to be in the fairest's hands..
I am the fairest! Not you!
No, I am..
Hermes, may you find one to settle this?
Ah, of course..
You may become the ruler of the world!
Aphrodite, the fairest, I'd love to be with the most beautiful woman in the world.
Be with the most beautiful woman in the world!
Mount Olympius held a wedding, where all of the gods had been invited to celebrate. However, one goddess had been left out. Eris, the goddess of discord planned to get revenge. She held a golden apple with words "the fairest" carved on it.
Eris had rolled the apple over to the gods, as three goddesses, Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite claimed the apple for themselves, causing a conflict. Zeus had asked Hermes to appoint an impartial judge.
Ah, both of you are mistaken.. It shall be me.
Hermes had chosen Paris, the son of Priam, the king of Troy. The three goddesses offered a deal with an exchange for the golden apple and being the fairest. Hera offered that he becomes ruler of the world. Athena offered victory in war. Then, Aphrodite offered he would be the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris chose Aphrodite's offer.
Claim victory in war!
Paris visited the palace of Menelaus in Sparta with Aphrodite's promise in mind. The woman that Aphrodite had promised that he would be with was Helen, the wife of king Menelaus. Paris was able to seduce her despite the rules.
Paris then abducted the queen, bringing her back to Troy with him. This caused a terrible outrage as Greeks traveled to Troy, which then came the Trojan war. The Greeks soon claimed there victory after the war.