Strategy has its roots in ancient warfare. The battlefield is replete with examples of the craft but perhaps none are more telling than the legend of Helen of Troy. In the myth, the world’s most handsome man, Paris of Troy, ran off with the world’s most beautiful woman, Helen of Sparta. However, the affair turned out to be fatal since Helen was already married to the king of Sparta, Menelaus. Angered by the event, Menelaus formed an alliance with other Greek kingdoms and set out to punish the Trojans. The furious king launched a thousand ships and set out on a war that would last for a decade.
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