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  1. #1 Most tragic love stories with unrequited love 
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    Im trying to find some real tragic love stories. And in my opinion the most tragic ones are NOT those who loved and lost. But those who loved and never got their love returned...

    So looking for REAL historical love stories, where the love one felt and shared was not returned by the other.

    The older/more ancient time peridod the better.
    It can be fiction, but only if based on a real story.
    What gender which heart gets crushed dont matter, but it has to be heterosexual.
    It cant be so famous the story has turned clichè. (Like Romeo and Juliet is to normal love stories)

    Ive tried searching, googling and asking around... alas to no success so far :/


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    I don't have any real details, but look at Emperor Claudius and his wives. One was a whore and another probably murdered him.


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    How about Dido and Aeneaus (wrong spelling)? Queen Dido's love was so unrequited that she killed herself when the rotter left. As well as the Ancient Greek story, there's an opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eigon
    How about Dido and Aeneaus (wrong spelling)? Queen Dido's love was so unrequited that she killed herself when the rotter left. As well as the Ancient Greek story, there's an opera.
    Aeneas and Dido aren't likely to be actual historical figures though. And would certainly not have encountered each other if they did exist. It's a bit of Virgil's creative genius at work combining both mythic figures and it's laden with the contemporary politics between Rome and Carthage at the time.

    Well to turn it around there's Isabella of France, wife of Edward II. Not quite a loving relationship between them, they managed to produce children, but Isabella is responsible for leading the coup that had Edward disposed. It's also thought that she was having an affair with Mortimer of Wigmor who was another major figure involved in disposing Edward. Then to add to that there was Edward's affair with his male favourite Gaveston, even though you only want heterosexual relationships, it is there in the background .

    This was all dramatized by Marlowe in his play Edward II with much embellishment and compression.
    "I almost went to bed
    without remembering
    the four white violets
    I put in the button-hole
    of your green sweater

    and how i kissed you then
    and you kissed me
    shy as though I'd
    never been your lover "
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    Thanks for the input so far guys, im still searching for something to "hit the spot" though so to speak
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    Hi peeps. Just found this forum (and 3 months late to this thread). Personally, I think Dido is an excellent place to start. She is the most famous 'romantic suicide' in history till Cleopatra.

    Even Marlowe wrote a play- 'Dido, queen of Carthage : a tragedy '
    http://www.archive.org/details/didoq...rth00marluoft/

    Here's a link to Virgils Aeneid and the original story-
    http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924026565394/

    And here's a nice book called 'Women of the classics : with sixteen photogravures presenting studies of the heroines of the book'-
    http://www.archive.org/details/women...csw00sturuoft/
    The last chapter is a translation/commentary on the story from Virgil. You may find other unrequited love stories here as well. I'm not familiar with all of these.

    Ovid's Heroides, or 'Epistles of the Heroines' is another place to look.
    http://www.archive.org/details/heroi...ist00ovidiala/
    More than one of these has got to be about unrequited love, and Dido to Aeneas is in here too (pg 63).

    And Ovid's Metamorphosis, which is all about the gods and their stories, should have something. Here's a link to Arthur Goldings translation. It's the one Shakespeare is supposed to have used.
    http://www.archive.org/details/shake...vid00oviduoft/
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    Oedipus. Hopefully real was an emphasizing adjective, not as in "real life".
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