So I went back to Steven James' "Story Trumps Structure" for encouragement, and read the amazingly fabulous "Debt" by David Graeber and "The Gift" by Marcell Mauss for underlying theme ideas as well as several books already in my library on war, killing, and the brotherhood of arms. Recent poetry by contemporary US servicepeople is especially helpful.
The anthropology is mind-bending, and changes everything we thought we knew about Menelaus, Helen, Hesione, Herakles.... Here's a wonderful quote, "A gift that does nothing to enhance solidarity is a contradiction" and did you know that, in German, the word for 'debt' and the word for 'guilt' is the same word? I wish that were so in Greek.