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Paintings from the darker side of life – Ajax and Cassandra

The rape of Cassandra by Ajax in Greek mythology, painting by Solomon Joseph Solomon.

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Cassandra (painting by Evelyn De Morgan, 1898), cursed with the gift of prophecy, is depicted at the peak of her insanity as the city of Troy is in flames behind her.

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Tragic Greek Ladies by Arbetta From left to right: Medea, Cassandra, Pandora and Antigone

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Cassandra was the most beautiful of Priam’s daughters, the god Apollo fell in love with her. Apollo promised Cassandra the gift of prophecy if she would agree to give herself to him. Cassandra accepted Apollo’s gift but then refused his advances. Apollo was furious, but he could not take back the powers he had given her. Instead he cursed her, proclaiming that although she would be able to tell the future accurately, no one would believe her.

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He gave her a gift that would bring frustration and despair to her.

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Cassandra / priestess / prophetess / fiver

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Ajax taking Cassandra, tondo of a red-figure kylix by the Kodros Painter, c. 440-430 BC, Louvre

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Greek Mythology Dreamcast - Monica Bellucci as Circe

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modern mythology au: cassandra A liar and a madwoman, they called her, and cast her out. When Cassandra started a band, playing gigs in backalley bars until she not only forgot Apollo, but herself, Cassandra vowed one thing- she would make them listen. There, in the very lyrics of her songs, lay their fates

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Cassandra: As a child she and her twin brother Helenus were given the gift of prophecy when two snakes came upon the babes one night and licked their ears clean. When morning came the snakes slithered into sacred laurels, a symbol of the god Apollo. As a young woman she rejected the affections of the god and he in turn cursed her: while she still had the gift of prophecy no one would believe her and she would be spurned and thought of as mad...

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