|The Trojan War began when a
young man named Paris was consulted by Hera, Athena, and
Aphrodite to decide who amongst them was the fairest.
Each goddess promised him a gift if he chose them with
Hera offering him the chance to be a king with wealth,
Athena promising wisdom and knowledge in warfare, and
Aphrodite giving him the most beautiful woman in the
world-Helen. Paris chose Aphrodite, and in doing so
earned the hate of Hera and Athena. Paris claimed Helen,
even though she was already married to Menelaus, and took
her back to his kingdom. This set off a war between
Menelaus' Greece and Paris' Troy which in the end cost
both sides great warriors. The conclusion of the battle
came when the Greeks built a large hollow wooden horse,
hid inside it, and presented it to the Trojans as a gift.
In the night the Greeks freed themselves from the horse
and destroyed Troy.