- The "Judgment of Paris," a scene depicted in many paintings, shows Paris choosing between three goddesses: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.
- Paris, who was a prince of Troy, must decide which of the goddesses is the most beautiful.
- Each of the goddesses, convinced of her own great beauty, offers to give Paris a reward in order to win the contest.
- Paris, unable to resist Aphrodite's offer, declares that she is the most beautiful.
- His prize is Queen Helen of Sparta, the wife of King Menelaus, and she is known forever after as "Helen of Troy."
- Paris, however, will come to regret these events because they lead to the Trojan War and the utter destruction of the Trojans as a people.
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To find out more about the three goddesses vying for the favor of Paris, see Wikipedia.