See also:legend, the son of
See also:king of Troy and
See also:Hecuba . Before he was
See also:born his
See also:mother dreamed that she was delivered of a firebrand . The dream was interpreted that her
See also:child would ruin his
See also:country, and when
See also:Paris was born he was exposed on Mt
See also:Ida . His
See also:life was saved by the herdsmen, and he
See also:grew up among them, distinguished for beauty and strength, till he was recognized and received by his parents . He was said to have been called Alexandros from his bravery in defending the herds against raids . When the strife arose at the
See also:marriage of
See also:Peleus and .
See also:Thetis between
See also:Hera, Athena and
See also:Aphrodite, each claiming the
See also:apple that should belong to the most beautiful, Paris was selected as the
See also:judge . The three rivals unveiled their divine charms before a mortal judge on Mt Ida . Each tried to bribe the judge, Hera by promising power, Athena wisdom, Aphrodite the most beautiful woman in the
See also:world . Paris decided in favour of Aphrodite, and thus made Hera and Athena bitter enemies of his country (
See also:Homer, Iliad,
See also:xxiv . 25;
See also:Euripides, Troades, 925;
See also:Andromache, 284; Helena, 23) . To gain the woman whom Aphrodite had promised, Paris set
See also:sail for
See also:Lacedaemon, deserting his old love
See also:Oenone, daughter of the
See also:god Cebren, who in vain warned him of the consequences .
He was hospitably received by
See also:Menelaus, whose kindness he repaid by persuading his wife
See also:Helen to flee with him to Troy (Iliad, vi . 290) . The
See also:siege of Troy by the
See also:united Greeks followed . Paris proved a lazy and backward fighter, though not wanting in actual courage when the could be roused to exert himself . Before the capture of the city he was mortally wounded by
See also:Philoctetes with an arrow (
See also:Sophocles, Philoctetes, 1426) . He then bethought him of the slighted nymph Oenone, who he knew could heal the
See also:wound . He was carried into her presence, but she refused to save him . Afterwards, when she found 'he was dead, she committed suicide (
See also:Apollodorus iii . 12) . The
See also:judgment of Paris became a favourite subject in Greek
See also:art . Paris is represented as a beautiful
See also:young man, beardless, wearing the pointed Phrygian cap, and often holding the apple in his
See also:hand .
SCHIAVONE PARIS BORDONE
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