Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, on his birth was left to perish on Mount Ida because his mother, Hecuba, had dreamt that he would cause Troy to be razed to the ground by fire. Despite this, he was rescued and raised by a shepherd and eventually married Oenone, daughter of the river god Oeneus. Participating in funeral games to win back one of his bulls that had been carried off as a prize for the games, he was recognised by his sister Cassandra and was restored to the family.
Eris (Discord), the only god not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, in revenge threw among the guests a golden apple inscribed 'To the fairest'. Paris was asked to choose between Juno, Minerva and Venus. All three attempted to bribe Paris, but he awarded the apple to Venus because she promised the love of any woman he chose. Helen, wife of the Spartan King Menelaus and described as the most beautiful woman in the the world, was chosen by Paris. He went to abduct her and carried her back to Troy. This act fulfilled Hecuba's dream and caused the Trojan war. After the fall of Troy, Paris wounded, returned to Oenone but she refused to heal him and he died.