It started when Peleus married the Greek sea-goddess, Thetis. They did not invite the goddess of Discord, Eris, so Eris was outraged and showed up at the wedding. She threw a golden apple onto a table and said that it belonged to whomever was the fairest. Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all reached for the apple. Zeus made Paris, the prince of Troy, the judge of who deserves the apple. Paris was thought to be the most beautiful man alive. Hera promised Paris power, Athena promised him wealth and Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman alive. Paris choose Aphrodite as the winner of the apple. Aphrodite promised him Helen, wife of Menelaus who is the king of Sparta.