Composer: Ed Hooke Date of Composition/Copyright: 1995 Date of Recording: 1995
Commentary Some of the imagery in the early part of this song draws on Cassandra’s
beautiful exit speech in Aeschylus’s ancient Greek play “Agamemnon” (written 458
BCE). The ‘defiant dance’ references Cassandra’s entrance scene in Euripides’ “Women
of Troy”, written 43 years later.
Robert Graves, who wrote extensively on the Greek myths & legends theorised that
Agamemnon (and with him Cassandra) may have been killed as part of a ritual sacrifice
on the 13th day of the 13th month as part of the White/Triple Goddess ancient religion
which preceded the more familiar Greek pantheon. From this I derived the date of
January 13th as being the date of her death. It was only some years later that I
realised my error - the 13th month referring to lunar months. The correct date of
Cassandra’s death is thus more likely to have been December 16th, 15 days before
the end of the year.