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Structural Levels of The Iliad Wars are often very complex in nature and are fought formany diversereasons The school boy may fight in order to get money for college thepatriot may fight to bring life liberty and justice to some poor soul anda coward may fight because he was drafted by force In the Iliad powerfulgods great nations and heroic people all fight for many different reasonsThis wide variety of fighting results in unique situations problems andstructural levels to the war These structural levels are of special interestbecause they help define the consequences and outcomes of the war The universalwar of the gods social war of the Greeks and Trojans and the private warof Achilles honor are structural levels of the Trojan war These structurallevels seem to influence and shape each other in many distinct ways The universal war between the gods over the apple of discordconsequently lead to the social war between the Greeks and the Trojans Forexample Aphrodite promised Paris that he could have the most beautiful womanin the world if he gave the apple of discord to her He did so and decidedto go and get his reward Unfortunately the most beautiful women in theworld Helen was the wife of the Greek King Menelaus The abduction of Helenby Paris lead to the Trojan war The promise made by Aphrodite to Paris inorder to get the apple of discord resulted in the abduction of Helen andthe start of the Trojan war Therefore Aphrodite in the universal warset the stage for the social war of the Greeks and Trojans Another timethe gods influenced the social war was when the Greeks and Trojans had aone on one battle to decide the outcome of the war The Greeks chose KingMenelaus and the Trojans chose Paris Menelaus and Paris fought but whenParis was about to be killed he was whisked off by Aphrodite Both sidesagreed that the Greeks had won Zeus decided to start the war again
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