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Orpheus and Eurydice

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Transcript of Orpheus and Eurydice

Here is a picture of Orpheus and Eurydice. The explanation behind it will come later.
This story was made over 2,500 years ago, though the exact time is not known. There are two versions of this story, one made by Virgil, and one made by Ovid. Since Virgil's version is the most popular, (and the one in the book), we will be talking about this one. Orpheus was the son of Oeagrus, who was a Thracian prince, and the Muse Calliope. Neither of them were gods, Orpheus was a demigod, while Eurydice was a wood nymph.
The origin of the story
Modern Day Culture
The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is referenced in modern movies such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, The Titans, and Black Orpheus. Numerous operas like Orfeas, Hadestown and The Mask of Orpheus are based on each of the two characters. In Paris, a ballet was performed portraying their myth. "The Years Go Fast and the Days Go Slow" is an example of a poem that was written. "Don't Look Back" was the name of a video game as well as a song that was created in representation of the story. Along with that the myth was used for various songs in folk and rock genres.
Definitions of
random terms
The story of
Orpheus and Eurydice
The story begins on their marriage day. Some say that Orpheus and Eurydice's wedding was not blessed by Hymen. After the wedding, Eurydice was wandering around in the meadow, and was bit by a poisonous snake. Orpheus was inconsolable, and turned to his music. His music was so sad, it made the world and Olympus weep bitter tears. Soon, his aunt, Athena, granted Orpheus passage into the Underworld.
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Orpheus and Eurydice


Orpheus passed into the underworld, and played his lyre for everyone to hear. Hades and Persephone came down to see what was making that beautiful sound, and were surprised to see that a mortal was able to make the music. Persephone, awed by Orpheus's skill with the lyre, granted him a wish. When granted his wish, Persephone told him to be careful, for "if you turn back to see her before you both are out of Hell, she will slip out your grasp forever."
Orpheus took Eurydice's hand, without looking at her. The journey was long and hard, but they both made it. At last, Orpheus stepped out into the light of the human world. Eagerly, he turned back to see Eurydice's face, but alas, Eurydice's body was still in Hell. She drifted away from Orpheus, but she was content, knowing Orpheus loved her. Orpheus was distraught. He begged the Gods for another chance at his love, but Hades would not allow it. Orpheus then lay on the banks of a river and sung of their sad love. A group of Maenads found him, and ripped Orpheus to shreds, scorning their love. Orpheus's lyre went to the trees, and was kept by the wood nymphs, which to this day, makes those woods be the most peaceful. Orpheus's head went to the river, where it sings songs still.
Maenads:
the female followers of Dionysus

Lyre:
a string instrument known for its use in Greek classical antiquity

Calliope:
A muse, of epic poetry, and is the daughter of Zeus, mother of Orpheus

Oeagrus:
Prince of Thrace, Father of Orpheus.

Thrace:
A city-state in Greece, in the north.

Hymen:
God of the wedding feast
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Mythology
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Harry puts "Fluffy" to sleep with a flute. Orpheus puts Cerberus to sleep with a harp. Coincidence? I think not.
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