Cassandra was a figure in ancient Greek stories and mythology. When she was a child, she was left in the temple of the god Apollo overnight. In the morning, she had been given the gift of prophecy by Apollo. Prophecy means being able to tell the future! When Cassandra was grown up, she went back to the temple of Apollo. He fell in love with her, but she refused him. Angry, he also gave her a curse: no one would believe her!

Watch the video of the myth of Cassandra from the Kidoons production Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

Why do you think Captain Nemo likes this myth?
In what ways is Captain Nemo like Cassandra?
What prophecies do you think Captain Nemo sees for the future?