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Tue 24 Aug 2004

The tragedy of Cassandra

Category : lit

Cassandra is the Trojan seeress who uttered true prophecies, but was never believed. In the myths, Apollo instructed her in the skill, but unwilling to confer her favours in return, Apollo deprived Cassandra of the ability to persuade. Her shrieks to kill her brother Paris were ignored, ultimately leading to Troy's destruction.

Likewise, her warning against leading the wooden horse into the city too went unheeded. Dragged in amidst much rejoicing as Cassandra wept, soldiers spilled out after the revelry, opened the city gates to the returning Greeks soldiers. Troy fell, was plundered and destroyed. The Trojan men were massacred, their sons flung from the city walls to their deaths and the women enslaved. Cassandra was taken prisoner and concubine by Agamemnon.

Her warnings had been ignored repeatedly.

Returning victorious to Mycenae, Agamemnon is killed by his enraged wife Clytaemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. As she predicted, Cassandra was killed (some say by Clytaemnestra (see image)) - "... for me waits destruction by the two-edged sword." [Cassandra. Aeschylus, Agamemnon 1149; source: Carlos Parada's Greek Mythology Link].

The guilty pair (themselves victims if you read about their lives) do not escape unscathed, and seven years later, are killed by Orestes, a son of Agamemnon. He goes mad because of the matricide he commited.

I remember now why I gave up reading the Greek myths. I like to keep things cheerful.

But these lines below triggered my memory:

Down in the street they're all singing and shouting
Staying alive though the city is dead
Hiding their shame behind hollow laughter
While you are crying alone on your bed

Pity Cassandra that no one believed you
But then again you were lost from the start
Now we must suffer and sell our secrets
Bargain, playing smart, aching in our hearts

Sorry Cassandra I misunderstood
Now the last day is dawning
Some of us wanted but none of us could
Listen to words of warning
But on the darkest of nights
Nobody knew how to fight
And we were caught in our sleep
Sorry Cassandra I didn't believe
You really had the power
I only saw it as dreams you would weave
Until the final hour

So in the morning your ship will be sailing
Now that your father and sister are gone
There is no reason for you to linger
You're grieving deeply but still moving on
You know the future is casting a shadow
No one else sees it but you know you're fate
Packing your bags, being slow and thorough
Knowing, though you're late, that ship is sure to wait

I watched the ship leaving harbor at sunrise
Sails almost slack in the cool morning rain
She stood on deck, just a tiny figure
Rigid and restrained, blue eyes filled with pain

Sorry Cassandra I misunderstood
Now the last day is dawning
Some of us wanted but none of us could
Listen to words of warning
But on the darkest of nights
Nobody knew how to fight
And we were caught in our sleep
Sorry Cassandra I didn't believe
You really had the power
I only saw it as dreams you would weave
Until the final hour

I'm sorry Cassandra
I'm sorry Cassandra

Can you imagine? This is a song by ABBA! They were brilliant!

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