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Pre Raphaelite Art: Cassandra, Evelyn de Morgan (1898, London); Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy at the peak of her insanity. Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. She had the power of prophecy and the curse of never being believed. Evelyn De Morgan (nee Pickering; 30 Aug 1855–2 May 1919) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter. She was married to the ceramicist William de Morgan. She did many beautiful paintings of classical and mythological figures.

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Solomon Joseph Solomon (1860-1927) Ajax and Cassandra Oil on canvas 1886 Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (Ballarat, Victoria, Australia) ___ Cassandra, a daughter of the Trojan king had spurned the advances of Apollo, who punished her by ordaining that although she should always make true prophecies they would not be believed. The Trojans rejected her warnings that Troy was in imminent danger and when the Greeks sacked the city Cassandra fled to the Temple of Athena. LOVE THIS!

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lionofchaeronea: During the sack of Troy, Ajax son of Oileus (aka Ajax the Lesser) seizes Cassandra, who clings to a cult statue of Athena for protection.  Fresco from the House of Menander, Pompeii.

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Clytemnestra was wife of Agamemnon, the commander of the Greek forces during the Trojan War. While Agamemnon was away at war, she took Aegisthus as her lover. Upon his return, Clytemnestra murdered Agamemnon and Cassandra, who had been taken as war prize following the sack of Troy. Clytemnestra was driven to murder Agamemnon to avenge the death of her daughter Iphigenia, whom Agamemnon had sacrificed for the sake of success in the war.

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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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