As the story goes, the trio were distracted upon being offered an apple labelled to be the ‘fairest of all.’ They each sought to influence the judge—the prince-shepherd Paris of Troy—with the gifts of power, intelligence, of the love of the world’s most beautiful (mortal) woman. Paris chose the latter and set out to seduce Helen. She was, of course, married to Menelaus—and unfortunate detail that sparked the Trojan War.”
Excerpted from: Rogerson, Barnaby. Rogerson’s Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers–from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World. New York: Picador, 2013.