Paris

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Special Talents


  • Paris was extremely talented with a bow and arrow. He managed to kill Achilles by shooting him in his only weakness, which was his heel.
  • Paris was a good looking man.
  • Paris and Aphrodite kidnapped Helen from the Spartan king Menelaus, which brought about the Trojan War.

Weaknesses

  • One of Paris's biggest weaknesses is his obsession with Helen (the most beautiful woman in the world). Paris is in love with Helen, but she is already married to the ruler of Sparta9King Menelaus). Paris later visits King Menelaus and with Aphrodite's help betrays the King of Sparta and kidnaps Helen. King Menelaus had become enraged.
  • One other weakness that Paris has is he is not good/gifted when it comes to close-quarter combat, but he is good with a bow.

Background Information


  • Paris was the son of Priam and Hecuba and had a brother named Hector. Paris was also called Alexander and was abandoned and raised by shepherds and loved by the nymph Oenone. Paris married Oenone, daughter of river god. As she possessed prophetic powers, she caused him not to sail the country of Helen. He didn't follow her advice, she promised to heal him if he'd be wounded, that was the only aid she could afford him. Paris himself is further said to have killed his son from jealousy, as he found him with Helen. He was chosen to settle dispute among the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, all of whom claimed possession of apple of discord, golden fruit inscribed 'to the fairest'. Hera tried to bribe Paris with royal greatness and riches, and Athena offered success in war. Paris awarded the apple to Aphrodite, who promised him Helen, the most beautiful women. Aphrodite helped Paris abduct Helen from King Menelous of Sparta. In war Paris killed Archilles, but got fatally wounded by Philoctetes. It should, however, be mentioned that some writers call Corythus the son of Paris by Helen.

Myth


The Judgement of Paris


When Peleus and Thetis were married Zues held the banquet on Mount Olympus. All the gods, goddesses, and demi-gods were invited to the wedding. All but, Eris, the goddess of strife. She was a trouble-maker and no one wanted her at the wedding. When she did show up at the wedding she was told to leave.

Angered by not being able to attend she threw a golden apple to the goddesses. Inscribed on the apple was the word "καλλίστῃ " (kallistē ). Meaning 'To the fairest one.'
The goddesses all reached for the apple. Quickly an argument broke out. Who was the fairest? The most beautiful goddesses were obviously Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena and they each tried to claim the apple. Zeus not wanting to anger either of the goddesses, decided that he would get Paris to choose. He sent Hermes to ask the man if he would be the judge of the contest.

Hermes went to Paris while he was herding cattle on Mount Garagarus and asked if he would make the decision of who was the fairest. Paris accepted the task. So he sat and waited for the first goddess.

Hera appeared first. She told him if he chose her she would give him all of Europe and Asia. Although the offer was tempting, Paris decided to hear the other offers. Next was Athena. She told him she would give him skill in battle, wisdom, and the abilities of the greatest warriors. Still he waited for the last offer, wanting to see what the third goddess could give him. Last was Aphrodite. She told him she would give him the love of the most beautiful women in the world. Helen, the Queen of Sparta. Paris took no time deciding, he chose Aphrodite- and Helen.

Helen was married to Menelaus, the King of Sparta. Paris went to Sparta and was welcomed by the King but, Paris betrayed his host. With the assistence of Aphrodite Paris abducted Helen and took her back to Troy. Menelaus was determined to get her back. He called on all of Helen's previous suitors for help with returning his Queen.This began the Trojan War.

References



http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/ent/A0837644.htlm

http://www.theoi.com/Olympios/JudgementParis.htlm

<http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/troyilium

<http:www.in2greece.com/english/history/myth/mythology/names/paris.htm