epic women

Dedicated to anything and everything about the mortal (and not quite mortal) women involved in the Trojan War/Epic Cycle.

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The Trojan Women

nickyvdwatt:

The women of the shore,
Are lost and finding ways
To loose, to be victims,
As epic’s tragedies.

The queens of history
Are poets all in verse.
Their woe lives eternal;
These women, Troades.

Born and reared to be slaughtered for a fathers crime; the sorry victim of a fathers prayer.

Iphigenia Among Taurians, Euripides (via iphigenia2)

transistoradio:

Gustave Moreau, Study of Helen (c.1890), oil on cardboard. Collection of Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris, France. Via WikiPaintings.
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transistoradio:

Gustave Moreau, Study of Helen (c.1890), oil on cardboard. Collection of Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris, France. Via WikiPaintings.

dark-siren:

Here, have some almost entirely rubbish Greek myth Cassandra/Electra fic.  Because if I tinker with it anymore I’ll go MAD.  /o\

Title: watch her play her part in a long fixed fable
Pairing: Cassandra/Electra
Rating:  R
Summary:  Electra asked her, “Why me?” breathed like a prayer she was afraid the gods would hear.
Word Count:   714
Warning:  Implied rape and deaths that take place off-screen, reference to future death.
Content notes: This does take place in the aftermath of the Trojan War, and it is Greek myth, so those warnings are applicable and there for a reason.
Disclaimer: I own nothing.  The characters mentioned within belong to their respective owners, and I am making no profit off this fanwork.

I have a much, much longer thing I’m trying to work on for these two, but this just popped into my head last night and I wanted to get it out and try something from Cassandra’s point of view. (Please note, I operate under the theory here that Cassandra wasn’t actually mad, people simply decided she was, because where else would she get those crazy ideas from?) Unbeta’d.

It should also be noted that Gemma Arterton is always my Electra, and Alina Serban is pretty much who I think of when picturing Cassandra.

(For the record, I’m still not entirely happy with this, but if I don’t get it out I’ll sit on it for ages and never be happy with it.)

Title from Jesca Hoop’s Born To (lyrics here).

watch her play her part in a long fixed fable (AO3 link; lj and dw coming soon.)

She then achieves what no other woman has been able to do since Helen at Troy. Using the ruse of the movable bed, she makes Odysseus lose his self-control and thereby reveal himself when it suits another, not himself, for him to do so. She has tricked the trickster, unmasked the stranger. From this position of strength, she relents, embracing her husband.

The Unknown Odysseus (via polytropia)

References to Clytemnestra’s masculinity are made by the male characters in the play, who consider it abnormal for any woman to display qualities that they (and many modern critics) feel belong more properly to men. But there is no doubt that Clytemnestra is more powerful and more intelligent than any of the men in the play.

Gagarin (1976) Aeschylean Drama. p. 92-3. (via thislittleworld-of-mine)

venicepearl:

Silvana Mangano as Circe in “Ulysses”
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venicepearl:

Silvana Mangano as Circe in “Ulysses”

harmonie-des-spheres:

|no song for the choir|
{A mix for Clytemnestra. /listen

one: smoke by daughter - two: no rest for the wicked by lykke li - three: gods and monsters by lana del rey - four: raise hell by brandi carlile - five: thanatos by soap&skin - six: wires by the neighbourhood - seven: bottom of the river by delta rae- eight: the haunted man by bat for lashes - nine: seven devils by florence& the machine - ten: kill the clown by soley - eleven: fallen trees by saint saviour

harmonie-des-spheres:

|no song for the choir|

{A mix for Clytemnestra. /listen

one: smoke by daughter - two: no rest for the wicked by lykke li - three: gods and monsters by lana del rey - four: raise hell by brandi carlile - five: thanatos by soap&skin - six: wires by the neighbourhood - seven: bottom of the river by delta rae- eight: the haunted man by bat for lashes - nine: seven devils by florence& the machine - ten: kill the clown by soley - eleven: fallen trees by saint saviour

literarymagpie:

The Siege of Troy Fan Cast
Hecuba [Viola Davis]

“Ah, my young princes! Ah, my tender babes!
My unblown flowers, new-appearing sweets!
If yet your gentle souls fly in the air
And be not fix’d in doom perpetual,
Hover about me with your airy wings
And hear your mother’s lamentation!”
—Elizabeth, Richard III (4.4), Shakespeare

omgcoffeecoffeecoffee:

The Siege of Troy Fan Cast
Andromache [Indira Varma]

"Meet me in the white light
As the city slowly lifts away
We can be a ghost now
With the memory of another day.”
We Can Be Ghosts Now, Hiatus