Orpheus and Eurydice//Mary Shipe

Orpheus and Eurydice//Mary Shipe

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  • The earliest musicians were gods. Athena was not talented in that aspect but she did invent the flue, though she never played upon it 
  • There were few mortals who were excellent in their musical art that they could almost equal the divine performers 
  • Of the mortals, by far the best was Orpheus. On his mothers side he was more than mortal 
  • Orpheus was the son of one of the muses and a thracian prince. His mother gave him the gift of music.
  • The Tracian were the the most musical of the peoples of Greece, But Opheus had no rival there or anywhere except the gods alone 
  • Orpheus met a woman he loved, her name was Eurydice.
  • They were married but their joy was brief.  Directly after the wedding his bride walked through the feild with her bridesmaids, when she was stung by a viper and died.
  • Orpheus was full of grief and he could not endure it any longer, he decided he would go down to the world of death and bring Eurydice back.
  • With my song I will charm Demeter's daughter,I will charm the lord of the dead, Moving their hearts with my melody, I will bear her away from Hades
  • Thus Orpheus made it into the world of  the dead, he retrieved his love but under one condition, that he not look back at her 
  • But when leaving with his love, he could not resist looking back at her. So when he did he only saw a glimpse of her falling down deep into the underworld. He knew the gods would never allow him to reenter the under world, while he was alive
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