The Iliad is set in the Mycenaean period and describes an essential part of the last year of the Trojan War, fought between Greek allies and the city of Troy. .
The war started when Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world and wife of the Greek king Menelaos, was abducted by the beautiful Trojan prince Paris.
Since this event took place in a prequel to the Iliad that has since been lost, it is not clear whether Helen was abducted or whether she left her husband for the beautiful prince Paris out of her own accord. The last option would implicate her in starting the Trojan war, which would eventually end in its destruction.
It would also fully exploit the tragic element of the Iliad. Paris and Helen have chosen to led a thriving ethical community fall for their silly impossible love affair.
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