Aphrodite promised him the world's most beautiful woman. This woman was Helen, King Menelaus of Sparta's wife. Helen fell in love with Paris thanks to Aphrodite. Menelaus summoned his supporters in Greece. He told them that he would give up his throne if anyone could bring him back Helen's sword. Many Greeks traveled across the sea to Troy to fight Menelaus' army. In the end, Menelaus lost and fled from Greece with only five people following him.
Now, you might be wondering: why did Menelaus leave Greece with just five people? The answer is because he knew that his wife had been taken away from him. Tears welled up in his eyes as he shouted: "Eris, the goddess of discord! I know that you are behind this affair!" Eris was the goddess of discord who also caused strife between gods. She was called this because she often used her spear, which had a sharp point on one side and a heavy rock on the other, to start arguments or break up friendships.
After hearing this, Aphrodite felt sorry for Menelaus and gave him another chance to win Helen back. So, she sent Hermes down to tell Paris that if he went to war against Troy then Menelaus will forgive his betrayal.
Paris picked Aphrodite and, as a result, Helen. Helen was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta (which Aphrodite failed to reveal), thus Paris had to assault Menelaus's house and abduct Helen from him; according to some tales, she fell in love with Paris and gladly departed. However, others say that she was forced to leave her husband. No matter what the case may be, they were married soon after with Menelaus going on to win back his wife by fighting a duel against Paris's son, Alexander.
In some cultures, taking two different husbands is not uncommon, but it is not recommended because this type of behavior is considered taboo. In ancient Greece, however, this practice was common enough for there to be poems written about it. One such poem, called The Song of Polyxena, is by the Greek poet Antimachus. It tells how Zeus, in order to get a bride for himself, made plans to marry Polyxena, one of Achilles' daughters. When Achilles found out that he had been tricked, he demanded that Polyxena be given back to him, but Zeus refused. So then Achilles took his sword and ran them both through with it, killing both of them. After these events, people started calling Polyxena "the bride who was killed before she was married".
In another poem, called The Wedding of Zeus and Hera, we are told that Zeus decided to marry again so as to have children.
Athena provided fighting skill, knowledge, and the powers of the finest warriors. Aphrodite promised Helen of Sparta, the most beautiful woman on Earth, her love. Love won out over reason.
Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. She was known for her extravagant clothes and jewelry. When Hephaestus made her a gift of a golden apple, she became enamored with it. The only thing standing in her way was Athena who wanted the prize too. So she tricked Aphrodite into making a choice by placing the apple between them. When they argued over who should get it, Athena won by giving Aphrodite a speech about how love is better than war. From that moment on, all women have chosen love over war whenever given the chance.
Helen was the most beautiful woman in Greece and one of the most beautiful ever seen. Her hair was red like fire, her eyes blue like the ocean, and her skin was white like snow. She was married to Menelaus, the king of Sparta, but he was still angry about what had happened years earlier when Paris stole her from him. This caused tensions between the two countries which led to the Trojan War.
As soon as Paris saw Helen he fell deeply in love with her.
Helen of Troy, often known as "The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships," is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful ladies in literature. She was married to Sparta's king, Menelaus. Paris, King Priam of Troy's son, fell in love with Helen and kidnapped her, bringing her back to Troy. The Greeks, including Menelaus, wanted revenge for the destruction of their city by the Trojan War, so they joined together for this mission. The war ended with a compromise: Menelaus got to take Helen home, while the other Greeks were allowed to keep their ships intact.
In order for Menelaus to bring Helen home, he had to pass all kinds of tests. First, he had to survive an ambush by Paris' men. Then, he had to fight off Hector, who was also sent by Priam to kill him. Finally, Menelaus had to survive a duel with Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek forces. If he succeeded, then he would be allowed to take Helen home with him.
During all these adventures, it was rumored that Helen had been seeing someone else behind her husband's back. This person turned out to be Menelaus' brother, Agamemnon. Now that Menelaus was going to get her back, however, she decided to give her marriage another try. This time, she chose a nobleman from Argos named Tros. They went through with the ceremony and lived happily ever after.