A-Z: General definitions: Cassandra


Priam and Hecuba, King and Queen of Troy, had twins, Cassandra and Helenus. Both were prophets, able to foretell the future accurately. According to one version of the story, Cassandra tricked Apollo into giving her the gift of prophecy by promising to have sex with him. When she broke this agreement, he said that her prophecies would never be believed. Thus, she prophesied the fall of Troy several times, but was not believed. After the war, she was given to Agamemnon as spoils of war. He fell in love with her, but both of them were killed by a jealous Clytemnestra (Agamemnon's wife) on their return to Mycenae.

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