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Who was Cassandra?


  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.

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March 28, 2009

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Aeschylus' "Agamemnon" was the first Greek play I read, aged about 18, and it remains my favorite. Cassandra was one of the names on my short list for our lovely daughter's name. When it came time to complete her birth certificate, I knew I couldn't give her that name. It was more than just a name to me.

"she twitters!" CK Williams writes, himself a prophet of this Cassandra?

Yes, I think maybe!

Yeah, I wasn't able to hear that poem without thinking of Twitter either. Which might or might not have been an unfortunate resonance.

Well, it was kind of weird for me, because it isn't a word I'd use to describe Cassandra. She was more of a raver, in my opinion.

And don't forget Thomas Merton who died in his bath.

I'm new to your blog and working my way backwards. It's beautiful and terribly interesting. Thank you.

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