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Phoibe (died 429 BCE) was an Athenian girl and protégé of the misthios Kassandra during the early Peloponnesian War.

Biography

Orphaned on Kephallonia, Phoibe endured a hard childhood through which she found Kassandra, a Spartan exiled at an early age, deeply relatable. In turn, the girl's personality and background resonated with the Spartan, and the two forged a fierce bond akin to that of a mentor and pupil.[1]

Being an orphan on Kephallonia, Phobie more often than not had to rely on herself and her own wits in order to survive. Fortunately, she found herself under the care of Markos, like Kassandra had also done several years ago.[1]

During her time on Kephallonia, Phoibe unknowingly became a pawn of the Cult of Kosmos, by providing them information about Kassandra which allowed them to discover her. This set in motion a series of events which ultimately pushed Kassandra to leave the island. On the docks of Sami, Phoibe and Kassandra spoke, with Phoibe wanting to come along, but Kassandra refusing to take her. They did agree to see each other again, and Phoibe gave Kassandra her wooden pet eagle, Chara.[1]

Later, Phoibe also left Kephallonia, and reached Athens as a stowaway. In the large city, she found other children, similar to her, and they joined up, forming a gang. This came to end when they crossed paths with Aspasia, a hetaera and a companion of Perikles, the leader of Athens. Aspasia offered Phoibe employment, and the girl jumped at it. It's here that she encountered Kassandra again, much to the latter's surprise. Over the course of working for Aspasia, she would help Kassandra with various tasks and helping her to further her goals of dismantling the cult and finding her family.[1]

In 429 BCE, when Kassandra returned to Athens after discovering information about her own mother, she found the city in a state of chaos. Phoibe was running a task for Aspasia at the time and she briefly encountered Kassandra for the last time.[1]

During the course of events, the Cult of Kosmos cornered Phoibe in the Odeon of Perikles and killed her. Upon discovering this, Kassandra was enraged and attacked Phoibe's killers. Kassandra bid goodbye to her young friend and gave her last rites, returning Chara to her. Before leaving Athens, Kassandra tasked Sokrates and Hippokrates with giving Phoibe a proper funeral.[1]

Personality and characteristics

Phoibe was a feisty girl with a passionate sense of independence. These qualities endeared her to Kassandra, but her stubbornness nonetheless challenged their relationship at times. Regardless, she managed to always maintain an optimistic approach in most circumstances.[1]

Trivia

  • Phoibe, Φοιβη, is a Greek name derived from the word φοιβος (phoibos), meaning 'bright, pure'.
  • A replica of Phoibe's wooden eagle, Chara, can be interacted with in the modern day. According to Phoibe, the wooden eagle was given to her by her mother.[1]

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