Orpheus, his storyOrpheus is born in a cave in Thrace between Pimpleia and Leivithra. This “Thrace” was a region ruled by his father river-god Oeagrus. Oeagrus had a wife named Calliope.

She was one of the Muses. A muse is a daughter of Zeus, Calliope is one of the nine daughters (Muses). As Orpheus grew up he got a wife named Eurydice. Eurydice was an oak nymph. When Eurydice died Orpheus was very depressed.

Orpheus could play his music very beautiful and the gods loved it. The gods told him to go to the underworld to get his wife back. He did what him was told. He went to the underworld and played his music. He played his music so beautiful that he persuade Hades and he got a deal. The deal was that Eurydice would walk behind him and that he needed to walk to the upper world without looking back ones.

If he did he would lose Eurydice directly. So he got Eurydice and walked away. He could already see the light from the upper world but then he looked back and he saw Eurydice vanish in front of his eyes.Orpheus was a great musician, he was seen as the greatest musician of all time. But just after his marriage, the love of his life got bit by a snake and died. He went on a grand quest to get his wife back out of the underworld. He faced Hades (god of the underworld) to get his wife back.

He needed to walk all the way back to the normal world, with his wife following him, but he couldn’t look at her a single time, otherwise she would be in the underworld forever. He managed to almost do it, but, at the end, he looked back… now he only plays sad music.There are a lot of stories speculating about the way Orpheus died. Some stories say that Orpheus was torn into pieces by Maenads, the greek god of the vines. Others say that women killed him, because he insulted a lot of them.

Again, others say that he had died because of a lightning beam.We don’t know exactly, but we do know that Eurydice had died before he did and that he had a hard time to cope with the loss. Now (I think)the most interesting story comes: the gods reunited them. The gods saw Orpheus having a hard time and decided that his soul must go to the soul of Eurydice. In this way his ego had to be put aside and he could go to the soul of Eurydice.



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