The goddesses were still fighting about the golden apple and saw the handsome, grown-up Paris with Oenone. They each came to him and offered him gifts. Hera, wealth and family riches. Athena, wisdom and successfulness. And Aphrodite offered Paris an offer he couldn't refuse; a wife as beautiful as Aphrodite.
To the fairest To the fairest
I'll send his bull to the city!
Of course, Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite because who doesn't want a wife like Aphrodite? Aphrodite decided to give a woman named Helen to Paris, so she drove Paris's bull into the city so he would find his parents and then he would find Helen. Poor Oenone was left for a girl Paris had never seen in person.
Well, that didn't work. But I really wanted that apple! Now, I hate Paris and all of Troy!
HE LEFT ME!!
Paris came to see Helen and she was even more beautiful than he had imagined. He immediately fell in love with her and asked her to come with him to Troy.
You are now husband and wife.
Okay! Let me get out of this whole marriage thing!
Psssst! Helen! Come with me! Come on!
Helen was gone! The greeks went looking for Achilles, who was the best fighter ever. They heard rumors that Achilles was hidden with princesses. But they couldn't find him!
Odysseus brought out gifts as a merchant to all the girls. He brought armor and weapons too, to see if Achilles would take them. He did, and then they sailed to Troy to get Helen back.
Have no fear! Odysseus is here!
The greeks sailed to Troy as the Trojan War began. They fought for many, many years.