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Friday, 21 August 2015

"The Trojan Women", 1966

Jane Asher as Cassandra, with Dame Flora Robson, in the Pop Theatre production of The Trojan Women in the Edinburgh festival, August 27th 1966.









The Trojan Women (Ancient Greek: Τρῳάδες, Trōiades), also known as Troades, is a tragedy by the Greek playwright Euripides. Produced in 415 BC during the Peloponnesian War, it is often considered a commentary on the capture of the Aegean island of Melos and the subsequent slaughter and subjugation of its populace by the Athenians earlier that year. 

The Trojan Women was the third tragedy of a trilogy of dealing with the Trojan War. This trilogy was presented at the Dionysia along with the comedic satyr play Sisyphos.
The four Trojan women of the play are the same that appear in the final book of the Iliad lamenting over the corpse of Hector. Taking place near the same time is Hecuba, another play by Euripides.

As for Cassandra, Jane's role, (Greek: Κασσάνδρα, also Κασάνδρα), also known as Alexandra or Kassandra, was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy.
A common version of her story is that Apollo gave her the power of prophecy in order to seduce her, but when she refused, he spat into her mouth cursing her never to be believed. In an alternative version, she fell asleep in a temple, and snakes licked (or whispered in) her ears so that she was able to hear the future. Cassandra is a figure of both epic tradition and of tragedy.

Photo 1) Ebay auction listing.
Photos 2 & 3) Associated Newspapers/REX.
Photos 4 to 6) Newscom.com
Photo 7) From the much missed Meet the Beatles For Real tumblr blog.

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