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Are there any other wars that have been fought over the love of a woman besides Helen of Troy, preferably fact.

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    I can't think of any wars fought over a woman. The story of the Trojan War is a myth. Although Troy fought several wars, it's unlikely that any of them were fought because of love.

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    So, there are no wars based on fact that were started because the men loved the same woman? Thanks

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    Wars are generally fought over money, land, and/or power. In this section of Wikipedia's webpage on the Trojan War -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_War#Historical_basis -- you can see that there has been and continues to be confusion over whether that was even "a war" or a series of attacks or what.

    The best explanation I've ever heard for the Trojan War (if it happened as one war or as a series of battles) is because Ilium (the ancient name for Troy) was located where they could control who entered and who exited the Black Sea. If so, then the Trojans could exact "taxes" from anyone entering or exiting, whether on land or on sea. Why was the Black Sea so important? Trade, including food that couldn't be grown in the rocky, island strewn area we now refer to as Greece.

    I've never heard of or read about a war that was fought over the abduction of a person, man or woman.

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    As far as I know, men loving the same woman has never started a war.

    Please check back later tonight and tomorrow to see if any other tutor recalls such a war.

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    I had to read the Iliad, would you say this war was started because of economic gain, as you stated for "taxes" or if you had one word to describe the Iliad what would it be, example for power, entitlement, for love, etc. Thanks for your help

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    Power, pure and simple!

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    If you don't mind me asking another question: These four stories, do you think I have the right word to describe them why they were started?
    War and Peace - Love
    Richard III - evil
    Henry V - religion or entitlement
    Iliad - as you said "power"

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    I have not read the other three, so I can't tell you.

    You can look them up at Sparknotes or Wikipedia and see what others have to say, but I say again that money, land, and/or power are the only bottom-line reasons I've ever understood for any war, no matter when it was fought or what lofty principles some people try to attach to them.

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    ok thanks

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