Tragic Greek Myths

GRZEXP Staff – Bridgette Hanson

When you hear the mention of mythology many think of the Greeks Gods and Goddesses known for the heroic tales of the Olympians and their companions. We often overlook the dark and dangerous side of the ancient icons in favor of the rewrites that have grown in popularity within the past few years. With these family friendly adaptations the world tends to forget how brutal the Greeks were. 

One of the lesser known myths is about Cassandra, the god Apollo’s almost lover. This myth heavily mentions the fall of Troy and the role she could have played in a possible prevention of the fall of this great city. Cassandra was given an ability to see the future but when she rejected Apollo’s love he cursed her so that no one would believe her when she told them of what she saw. When Cassandra foresaw that the trojans were in the horse, she was not believed. This later resulted in seeing Troy fall. What’s worse is that she survived the fall, thereafter enduring all kinds of horrors. Later the painting depicting the atrocities became a popular scene in the art of the era. This is only one of many stories of how the ancient gods defiled the mortals who once worshiped them. The Olympians are not only cruel to mortals but to each other. They have been known to abuse their children and spouses without any reprimand. Some common examples of these stories are Hephaestus, Zeus and his lovers, Zeus and Demeter, and the classic, Hades and Persephone. Cersei Lannister said it best, “The gods have no mercy, that’s why they’re gods”. So when you find yourself reading a myth about the heroes of old, remember from who’s view it was told.

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