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!
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.
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.
Helen of Troy - the daughter of Zeus and Leda, Helen was the Queen of Sparta and considered the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Her abduction by Paris led to the Trojan War. She is portrayed here by Diane Kruger.
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.
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. ”