After the life mask of William Blake III
Oil on linen
24 x 20 in.
Solomon Joseph Solomon (1860-1927)
Ajax and Cassandra
Oil on canvas
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (Ballarat, Victoria, Australia)
Cassandra, a daughter of the Trojan king had spurned the advances of Apollo, who punished her by ordaining that although she should always make true prophecies they would not be believed. The Trojans rejected her warnings that Troy was in imminent danger and when the Greeks sacked the city Cassandra fled to the Temple of Athena. It was from here that Cassandra was dragged by Ajax, and it was for this crime that he was later killed by Athena and the sea god Poseidon.