What are Orpheus?

  • (noun): (Greek mythology) a great musician; when his wife Eurydice died he went to Hades to get her back but failed.


Orpheus ( /ˈɔrfiːəs/ or /ˈɔrfjuːs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, Orpheus is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture, portrayed or alluded to in countless forms of art and popular culture including poetry, opera, and painting.

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Possente Spirto
3 of Claudio Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, where Orpheus attempts to persuade Charon to allow him to pass into Hades and find Euridice ... At the start of the Act, Hope (Speranza, sop.) has guided Orpheus to the banks of the Styx, where, at the sign 'Abandon all hope, ye who enter', she can go no further ... Orpheus' way is barred by Charon, who explains that no living body shall enter his boat ...
... (Ancient Greek τὰ Λίβηθρα or Λείβηθρα) was a city close to Olympus where Orpheus was buried by the Muses ... where the mountain faces, Macedonia, not far from which city is the tomb of Orpheus ... Dionysus, stating that when the sun should see the bones of Orpheus, then the city of Libethra would be destroyed by a boar ...
Orpheus - Post-Classical Interpretations
... The Orpheus motif has permeated Western culture and has been used as a theme in all art forms ... Partridge's music and spoken-word recording Orpheus the Lowdown ... Composer Judge Smith based his most recent Songstory on the ancient myth of Orpheus ...
List Of Orphean Operas - 18th Century
1701 – John Weldon – Orpheus and Euridice 1715 – Johann Fux – Orfeo ed Euridice 1722 – Georg Caspar Schürmann – Orpheus 1726 – Georg Philipp Telemann – Orpheus 1740 – John ... François-Hippolyte Barthélémon – The Burletta of Orpheus 1775 – Antonio Tozzi – Orfeo ed Euridice 1776 – Ferdinando Bertoni – Orfeo ed Euridice (to the ...
La Morte D'Orfeo - Synopsis
... After Orpheus has failed to save his wife Eurydice from the underworld, he renounces wine and the love of women ... Bacchus who urges his female followers, the Maenads, to kill Orpheus ... The gods want the dead Orpheus to join them on Olympus but Orpheus wants to be reunited with Eurydice in Hades ...

Famous quotes containing the word orpheus:

    Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
    Such notes as, warbled to the string,
    Drew iron tears down Pluto’s cheek,
    And made Hell grant what love did seek;
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    So Orpheus did for his owne bride,
    So I unto my selfe alone will sing,
    The woods shall to me answer and my Eccho ring.
    Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)