Paris (mythology)

son of Priam, king of Troy

Paris, also called Alexandros, is a person in Greek mythology. He is an important person in the Trojan War, and Homer's Iliad.

Judgement of Paris by Rubens

Alexandros (Paris) was the son of King Priam of Troy and his wife Hecuba. Because it was prophesied that he would bring the end and destruction of Troy, he was left to die in the wilderness. But Alexandros was found by another man, who took him as a son and named him Paris.

Three goddesses, Hera, Aphrodite, and Athene, had a beauty contest. They all bribed Paris with different offers. Hera offered him power, Athene offered him wisdom, and Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen.

The problem was that Helen was already married to Menelaus. Paris used a trick to take Helen home with him to Troy. This caused the Trojan War.

During the war, Paris killed Achilles by shooting his heel with a poisoned arrow.

Late in the war, Paris was killed by Philoctetes.