Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice

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  • Orpheus was very talented with singing, but he cared most for a nymph, Eurydice. As they were preparing for marriage, Eurydice went to pick flowers, only to get bit by a snake. The injury caused her death no matter what anyone did.
  • Eurydice!!
  • Heartbroken, Orpheus mourned for his love all day, animals and even the Earth itself joining him
  • After having an idea, Orpheus headed to the underworld seeking Hades.Orpheus stilled the monsters guarding Hades with his music, and doors opened, revealing the king. He explained that when Orpheus went back up to Earth, that the spirit of Eurydice would be with him, but he should not look at her, or she would return.
  • Do not turn to look at her, or her spirit shall return to me.
  • As Orpheus made his way back, he began to listen, seeking evidence that Eurydice was really there. From then he only heard silence. He wondered if Hades was truthful about her being there. He stopped to listen again, hearing silence still. He couldn't take it, he angrily turned, seeing Eurydice with a sad smile. There, she disappeared, just as Hades has said.
  • After days of sadly laying, not even singing he was so sad, Orpheus finally rose with a sad melody about how he mourned for his true love. He silenced all sounds, for all who made them would stop to listen. However, he drove people away because of this, though he didn't care.
  • Soon, the women of Thrace, maddened by Dionysus, and infuriated by Orpheus's contempt, murdered Orpheus. It is said that the body was swept down the river Hebrus, the dead lips still moved faintly and the rocks echoed for a last time "Eurydice..." But the poets eager spirit was already far down the familiar path.
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