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              30th April,2004

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        Cassandra  

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Cassandra was a Trojan princess; the daughter of the Troy King Priam and Hecuba. She was very beautiful and wise, and caught the eye of the God of Light, Apollo, who gave her the wonderful gift of prophesy. But when Cassandra refused his advances and love he added a little something to his gift. Though all her prophesies were true, no one would believe her, and so she lived with this mixture of blessing and curse.

Cassandra's prediction about the Trojan War fell on deaf ears. Her father, Priam, even went so far as to lock her up! She even foresaw the trickery involving the famed wooden horse. As the city fell, Cassandra hid in Athena's temple. It was there she was raped. Athena was angered by this and made sure a few of the Greeks never made it home. But the most painful prediction to her, indeed, was that of her own death.

Cassandra was married to Eurypylus, who was killed during the war. When the city of Troy was sacked, Agamemnon claimed Cassandra as his prize. She bore him twin sons on the trip home, Teledamus and Pelops. When they arrived in Greece, Agamemnon showed his claim to his wife, Clytemnestra and entered his home leaving Cassandra outside. She went into a trance and saw that her life and those of Agamemnon and their children would soon come to an end. But of course, no one believed her. Agamemnon was stabbed in the back by his wife and her lover, Aegisthus, and poor Cassandra and her children were slain before the very eyes of Agamemnon, who was then killed by Aegisthus and Clytemnestra.

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