The Trojan War

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.