Cassandra was a mortal, a princess, the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. My guess is that she had a decent enough childhood, but things changed when the adolescent princess visited a temple dedicated to the Sun God, Apollo. The God was struck by her beauty and desired her. In the throes of his desire, he rashly gave her the gift of Prophecy.
Apollo was radiant and handsome (in a European sort of way). He was tall, his golden locks bounced on his broad shoulders, his 6 pack abs rippled wickedly and many a nymph had swooned over him. He took it for granted that a mere mortal would be only too grateful to melt into his arms, but he was wrong and the youngest princess of Troy, refused to comply. Humiliated and angered, Apollo wanted to take his boon back, but as everybody knows, a boon once given cannot be taken back. So the God added a cruel rider to his boon. “True”, he said with a cruel smirk on his no longer handsome face, “you Cassandra, will be able to see the future, and you will speak your prophecies till you are blue in the face but no one will ever believe you and you will be ridiculed forever.” And with that in a flash of sunlight he disappeared and the visions came flooding to the poor princess.
And so it was, that Cassandra had no choice, but to see the future with clarity, rave and later rant in all sincerity and be ridiculed as the madwoman, even as her predictions came true with distressing regularity. Her tragedy is shared today, by the ones who speak of global warming, the dangers of GM food, the danger of Trump becoming US president and other megalomaniacs in charge nearer home!
Cassandra had predicted a lot of things, among these were the fall of Troy, the danger of bringing the Trojan horse inside the city walls, the long travails of Odysseus before he reached home and even her own future.
Her end was as sad as her short all seeing life. After the fall of Troy, she took refuge in the temple of the Goddess Athena, where she was raped by a victorious Greek warrior, and then taken as concubine by the commander of the victorious Greek army, King Argamemnon. Later, she was killed by his wife Queen Clytemnesta.
So much for the beautiful all seeing princess of Troy. The words, “Greek Tragedy” make a little more sense now.