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Cassandra
[1080] Apollo, Apollo! God of the Ways,1my destroyer! For you have destroyed me—and utterly—this second time.2

Chorus
I think that she is about to prophesy about her own miseries. The divine gift still abides even in the soul of one enslaved.

1 Cassandra sees an image of Apollo, the protector on journeys, close to the door leading to the street (ἀγυιά).

2 Ἀπόλλων is here derived from Ἀπόλλυμι, “destroy”—nomen omen. The god had “destroyed” her the first time in making vain his gift of prophecy (1209 ff.); whereby she became the object of derision in Troy.

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