Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

CASSANDRA

Greek legendary mortal

Also known as Alexandra

Picture of the Greek legendary mortal Cassandra from our Greek mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Mystic prognosticator of unbelievable bad news

There was once a popular song called ‘They Wouldn’t Believe Me’ which would have made a fine theme tune for this prophetess.

It all started so well. She was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Apollo thought she was a charming child and let her sleep in his temple with his pet snakes, who licked her ears and passed on the secrets of prophecy.

Was she grateful? Not a bit. She grew to be a very beautiful lady whom Apollo was smitten with, but it was years before she would grant him as much as a kiss. Him, the most radiant handsome God ever, who had women swooning in droves!

When she did allow him a kiss, that was it. Just one kiss. Nothing else — no cuddling and not a hint of ear-licking.

Disappointed, Apollo sighed so hard as he tried to prolong the kiss that he dribbled a bit and the power of belief was washed away. Now, no matter what Cassandra predicted no-one believed her. “Mad as a hatter!” was the general consensus. Invasion with a big wooden horse? What rubbish!

Things went from bad to worse. She could never keep her mouth shut — but whatever she predicted, no-one ever remembered that she was always right. Even worse, she knew she would come to a bad end including rape, being given away, and finally being murdered by Clytemnestra the epitome of a Greek tragedy queen.

Of course you may just be thinking we made all this up. But it’s true! It’s true!

Cassandra Facts and Figures

Name: Cassandra
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Alexandra

Gender: Female
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 2267

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Article last revised on September 05, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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