Illustration: Ajax taking Cassandra; a Tondo* by the Kodros painter ca. 440-430 BC. (The Louvre, Paris)
* (Tondo=Renaissance term for a circular work of art)
Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy; her beauty impressed Apollo who granted her powers of prophecy. However, when she shunned his amorous advances, he placed a curse on her, so that no one would believe her predictions.
The Cassandra Metaphor (known also as syndrome, complex, phenomenon, dilemma, or curse) is a term applied to situations in which valid warnings are dismissed or disbelieved.
Beware of the “Wooden Horses”; they are in our midst.