Paris, Prince of Troy, vacillates before the three radiant goddesses. Each desires the golden apple ‘for the fairest.’ Each offers a gift. The world’s most beautiful woman. Political power. Wisdom, finesse in warfare.
Three parallel worlds diverge:
1. Aphrodite grants him the loveliest woman, but this starts a war that destroys him and his city.
2. With Hera’s power, he tyrannises half the known world.
3. He chooses Athena for warfare, but while her gifts bring him both power and beauty, wisdom changes him in ways he did not expect.
His rule is peaceful and enlightened, and creates a Golden Age.