Greek mythology: the myth of Orpheus

Greek mythology: the myth of Orpheus


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Orpheus was the son of Apollo and Calliope, although there are other scholars who claim that it really was the son of Eagrus, king of Thrace. Orfeo was a singer and musician, with an incredible ability to move all living beings, both animals and people, this being one of his main characteristics.

It is said that he accompanied Jason and the Argonauts in the search for the Golden Fleece, but also in many other feats such as neutralizing the song of the sirens, who with their songs enchanted the sailors and led them to death, drowning them. He was also required in many fighting situations, where with his songs he managed to calm the spirits.

After the journey with Jason and the Argonauts, Orpheus returned to Thrace, where found a nymph named Eurydice, with which he fell completely in love, and the feeling was reciprocal. With the passage of time they decided to marry and Orpheus invited Hymenaeus, god of marriage.

On the day of the wedding, a poisonous snake bit Eurydice, causing her death, with which Orpheus, unable to resist so much pain, went down to the world of the dead to personally ask Hades, God of the underworld, to give it back, and she did it in the best way she knew how, with her songs and melodies, which convinced Hades, who let her go with Orpheus on the condition that she did not look back when she left.

Eurydice and Orpheus were coming out of the underworld, but she was slowing down due to the snake bite and at one point Orpheus looked back and Eurydice vanished. Orpheus could not believe it and went back inside, but this time, Charon, the ferryman from the Stygian lagoon, did not let him pass and had to accept that he had lost her forever.

Orpheus returned to Thrace and decided that he did not want to know anything more about women, something that the Maenads did not like at all, with whom he had had relations at the parties in honor of Bacchus, who decided to attack him in disgust, managing to tear him apart, although they left his head intact. and they threw it into a river, the Hebro, which was in charge of taking it to the sea and this to the island of Lesbos.

Orpheus's lyre remained in the sky as a constellation and his soul found Eudírice in the world of the dead and since then they could be together as long as they could not be united in life.

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