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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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July 18, 2014


I suspect you're right about that last point, Beth.

Thank you for sharing the image. Moments of hope are hard to come by, these days.

Yes. That is a great picture.

I second Hattie and Rachel! On the occasions where I've met a person who is highly suspicious of 'the other", and intolerant, there is a good chance he or she has grown up in a homogeneous environment with little chance to play or even go to school with a diverse population.

We might also remember Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, Israeli and Palestinian, who co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The members of that orchestra being young, classical musicians from Israel, the Palestinian territories and other Arab states. I remember watching this fine orchestra in 2012 at the BBC Promenade concerts.

The photo looks like Act Two of a very modern play: gritty but on a high moral level. Two facial expressions to bestride the world. Good grief, Beth, you're starting to direct your surroundings and its inhabitants.

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