After the marriage of king Pelias, Zeus and the other gods returned to Mount Olympus. Zeus sent for his most trusted messenger Hermes. Zeus instructed Hermes to accompany Athena( Goddess of wisdom), Aphrodite( Goddess of love and beauty), and Hera( Zeus's wife and queen of all gods) to find Paris, So that he could make the decision about the golden apple.
Hermes was looking along the coat line when he found Pairs. At first Paris was scared ,but then Hermes told him that Zeus had chosen Paris to perform a great task. That task was to judge who was the fairest Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. The person who was the fairest would get the golden apple.
Paris was scared and pulled Hermes to the side. He confessed he was frightened to make such a bold decision and was scared what the other two gods that he did not pick would do him. Hermes told him that they would respect his decision. After hearing this Paris felt better. After that the goddesses stepped forward.
Hera was the first to speak on her behalf." Choose me gallant Paris, and you shall have powers far greater than that of any king. I will lord of all Asia and Greece." Pairis thought about how his life would be different to be such a king.
Athena broke the spell." Power is good, fair Pairs, yet what good is power without wisdom to wield it properly? I will give you wisdom. You will be the wisest man on earth and everyone will seek you for advice. It is with this knowledge that you will gain power, for you will be able to get anything your heart desires." Pairs thought being the wisest man in the world seemed much better even than being a king.
Then beautiful Aphrodite looked deep into Paris's soul to find what he truly desired. She spoke with words like music, " 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 the most beautiful woman upon the earth to be your bride. Her name is Helen of Sparta" Paris's heart skipped a neat beat because this was the best offer of all. He immediately handed the golden apple to Aphrodite, who laughed triumphantly and promised to lead Paris to Helen in Greece. Athena and Hera refused to accept this decision believing that Paris had not judged fairly. They stormed off away angrily and vowed that they wouls get revenge.