↳ nebahat çehre as hecuba
But who, O, who had seen the mobled queen…
Run barefoot up and down, threatening the flames
With bisson rheum; a clout upon that head
Where late the diadem stood, and for a robe,
About her lank and all o’er-teemed loins,
A blanket, in the alarm of fear caught up;
Who this had seen, with tongue in venom steep’d,
'Gainst Fortune's state would treason have pronounced:
But if the gods themselves did see her then
When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport
In mincing with his sword her husband’s limbs,
The instant burst of clamour that she made,
Unless things mortal move them not at all,
Would have made milch the burning eyes of heaven,
And passion in the gods.
william shakespeare, hamlet, 2.2.477-494 (x)
↳ selma ergeç as iphigeneia
When the army of the Akhaians was held up at Aulis for lack of winds, the seers foretold that it would be possible to sail only if they sacrificed Iphigeneia to Artemis. At the insistence of the Akhaians, Agamemnon handed her over to be put to the knife and she was dragged to the altar. But the leaders could not bear to look on and, to a man, they turned their eyes elsewhere.
antoninus liberalis, metamorphoses 27 (x)
↳ michelle yeoh as penthesileia
For a few years after the campaign of Heracles against them, they say, during the time of the Trojan War, Penthesileia, the queen of the surviving Amazons, who was a daughter of Ares and had slain one of her kindred, fled from her native land because of the sacrilege. And fighting as an ally of the Trojans after the death of Hector she slew many of the Greeks, and after gaining distinction in the struggle she ended her life heroically at the hands of Achilles.
Now they say that Penthesileia was the last of the Amazons to win distinction for bravery and that for the future the race diminished more and more and then lost all its strength; consequently in later times, whenever any writers recount their prowess, men consider the ancient stories about the Amazons to be fictitious tales.
diodorus siculus, library of history, 2.46.5-6 (x)
↳ rekha sharma as andromache
There came running to meet him his bounteous wife, Andromache, daughter of great-hearted Eëtion, Eëtion that dwelt beneath wooded Placus, in Thebe under Placus, and was lord over the men of Cilicia; for it was his daughter that bronze-harnessed Hector had to wife. She now met him, and with her came a handmaid bearing in her bosom the tender boy, a mere babe, the well-loved son of Hector, like to a fair star. Him Hector was wont to call Scamandrius, but other men Astyanax; for only Hector guarded Ilios. Then Hector smiled, as he glanced at his boy in silence, but Andromache came close to his side weeping, and clasped his hand and spake to him….
homer, iliad, vi (x)
↳ naveen andrews as hector
Forthwith he leapt in his armour from his chariot to the ground, and brandishing his two sharp spears went everywhere throughout host, urging them to fight; and he roused the dread din of battle. So they rallied, and took their stand with their faces toward the Achaeans, and the Argives gave ground and ceased from slaying; and they deemed that one of the immortals had come down from starry heaven to bear aid to the Trojans, that they rallied thus. And Hector shouted aloud and called to the Trojans: “Ye Trojans, high of heart, and far-famed allies, be men, my friends, and bethink you of furious valour, the while I go to Ilios and bid the elders that give counsel, and our wives to make prayer to the gods, and promise them hecatombs.”
homer, iliad, vi (x)
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ALL MEN MUST DIE [ cover art ]
"And while you are here, you shall rule all that lives and moves and shall have the greatest rights among the deathless gods: those who defraud you and do not appease your power with offerings, reverently performing rites and paying fit gifts, shall be punished for evermore." (x)
stricken - disturbed [i am stricken and can’t let you go] | weak and powerless - a perfect circle [devil has my ear today, i’ll never hear a word you say] | soul into hades - lacuna coil [mother, the day has come] | what have you done - within temptation [would you mind if i killed you?] | omnos - eluveitie [immi daga uimpi geneta] | spellbound - lacuna coil [i will break the spell you put on me] | rose - a perfect circle [this self-destructing dance] | sinéad - within temptation [life is gonna turn around] | before i’m dead - kidneythieves [night consumes light and all i dread] | jambi - tool [shine until the two become one]
↳ freema agyeman as andromeda
The oracle of Ammon prophesied an end to the trouble if Kassiopeia’s daughter Andromeda were served up to the Ketos as a meal, so Kepheus, pushed to it by the Aithiopians, tied his daughter out on a rock. When Perseus saw her it was love at first sight, and he promised to kill the ketos and rescue the girl in return for her hand. Oaths were sworn, after which Perseus faced and slew the ketos, and set Andromeda free.
pseudo-apollodorus, bibliotheca 2.43 (x)
↳ gong li as medea
By the mistress I worship most of all and have chosen as my helpmate,
Hecate, dwelling in the inmost recesses of my hearth,
no one will bruise and batter my heart and get away with it.
I will make their marriage bitter and painful,
bitter the royal connection and my exile from this land.
But come. Spare nothing of what you know, Medea, planning and scheming.
Go now to the edge. This is a contest for heroes.
euripides, medea 1.396-401 (x)