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Pronunciation : PEAR-ihs

(Greek Mortal) PARIS

Prince of Troy, the youngest son of Priam and Hecuba.

Hecuba had a dream that she gave birth to a flaming torch which apparently foretold the downfall of troy. I'm not sure how they came to that conclusion but apparently Paris would be involved and it had Priam running scared.

With neither parent having the nerve it was left to Aesacus, the chief herdsman, to do the dirty work and as he dragged Paris off to Mount Ida to inflict a nasty case of death he discovered that he didn't have the nerve either. And i'm almost positive that murder wasn't in his job description anyway.

There's a lot to be said for the nutrient giving properties of she-bear milk as Paris turned out to be wily and intelligent. He was big on bull fighting, not himself, but other bulls, and he had a real champion on his hands. The offer of a golden crown for any bull that could best his led to Apollo's swift bull-morph and he won the battle easily. Paris handed over the crown without fuss and his now proven honesty made him an ideal arbitrator when an issue cropped up at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis.

Paris was drafted in to judge a godly beauty contest after Eris had rolled a magic apple into the crowd inscribed with the words 'to the fairest' and it was claimed by pretty much everyone there. Paris picked up his prize in the form of Helen of Troy, even though the victorious goddess Aphrodite forgot to tell her that she was won. She forgot to tell her husband too and Menelaus didn't take it particularly well.

Being a better lover than a fighter Paris spent most of his time in a tent with Helen during the Trojan war, which was a bit of a cheek bearing in mind he had caused the war in the first place. This caused much disgust with Hector and Deiphobus his war hardened brothers but in all honesty he wasn't much use the odd time he did step outside.

Paris was beaten badly in a duel with Helens furious husband and would surely have perished if Aphrodite wasn't babysitting him on the field of battle. Fighting from way out of striking distance was more his style and he fired the arrow that did for Achilles but only because Apollo was guiding his shooting arm.

Unsuprisingly Paris was fatally wounded in battle by a dude called Philoctetes, and Helen went to see Oenone to beg for a healing cure. As it turns out Oenone was one of Paris's old flames and he hadn't treated her particularly well. Ain't payback a bitch?

Also see Eris.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Priam and Hecuba
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Corythus (by Oenone)
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'PARIS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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