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.
cassandra: noble by birth & renowned for her near-divine beauty & ready wit, her oft-bruised femininity &d steady chaste virtue, coveted by lustful apollo, brought about her ruin; when portentous voices whisper to her through the wind & from beneath the ground & she translates them aloud for everyone to hear, she is ridiculed & spurned. her fall prefigures that of troy but no one listens as her distress tumbles from her eyes.