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Story Summary: War with Troy, Episode 2

On this page we have split the telling of this episode into its three main sections and provided a summary of each.

Priam and Hecuba’s choice (4:10) The judgement of Paris

In Troy, King Priam and Queen Hecuba are expecting a baby. Hecuba dreams she gives birth to a flaming torch which burns down the city. Priests warn that if the baby grows to manhood he will cause the destruction of Troy. When the baby is born, King Priam orders the baby boy to be killed, but the baby is so beautiful that no one has the heart to kill him.

Paris’ choice (4:28) 

Because Paris is so beautiful, Zeus chooses him to decide which of the three goddesses — Hera, Athene or Aphrodite — should be awarded the golden apple. Each goddess tries to bribe Paris: Hera promises to make him a great king; Athene promises to make him invincible in battle and renowned for wisdom; and Aphrodite promises him Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris awards the golden apple to Aphrodite. The rejected goddesses, Hera and Athene, become the enemies of Paris and the Trojans.

Helen’s choice (4:39) 

Because of her outstanding beauty, when Helen seeks a husband all those wishing to marry her have been asked to swear an oath promising to help her future husband in the event of anyone stealing her. She chooses Menelaus, king of Sparta in Greece, to be her husband.

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