Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Rogue Speaks:
In Homer's Iliad, Cassandra was the daughter of Priam, the king of Troy, in the time of the Trojan War. One day, Cassandra fell asleep in the temple of Apollo. Apollo saw her and, because she was stunningly beautiful, he started thinking with his other "brain." When she awoke, he promised to teach her the art of prophecy if she will have sex with him. Cassandra thought it would be really cool to be a prophetess, so she agreed. Apollo then gave her that gift, and expected his gift from her in return. I suppose she was have second thoughts about losing her virginity even to a god, so she welshed on the deal. Apollo became outraged. He told her that he would let her keep that gift, but no one would ever believe anything she said.
Painting of Apollo and the Nine Muses
Poor Cassandra! She was ignored, even though she spoke the truth! People thought she was a raving lunatic. She predicted that the Trojan horse, supposedly a gift, would house warriors, and was really a military trick. Her own father didn't believe her, and neither did her brother Paris. You remember Paris, who was in love with Helen of Troy. Those two actually started the Trojan war! Helen had been promised to Menelaus of Sparta, so when Paris took her and would not give her back, the Trojan war, predicted by Cassandra, began.
Painting of Paris and Helen
When Troy fell, Casandra escaped into the temple of Athena. The god Ajax found her there and violently abducted her and took her virginity. Then he dragged her off to king Agamemnon to be the king's sex slave. Later, both Agamemnon and Cassandra were murdered by the king's wife and her lover.
In Greek mythology, mortals were regularly cursed for not cooperating. The gods required mere men to keep their godly laws, and if they did not, they were severely punished. Greek gods are notoriously childish and immature, so it is not at all surprising that Apollo cursed Cassandra. Some think that Cassandra got what she deserved for manipulating Apollo into giving her such a gift.
I thought long and hard to find an interesting "C" for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. I hope you enjoyed my offering. I know I will enjoy reading yours.