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Orpheus and Eurydice

It´s been a time without mythological images, so here goes the greek tale of Oprheus:


Orpheus (/ˈɔːrfiəs, ˈɔːrfjuːs/; 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.

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice (sometimes referred to as Euridice and also known as Argiope): Eurydice and Orpheus were young and in love. So deep was their love that they were practically inseparable. So dependent was their love that each felt they could not live without the other. These young lovers were very happy and spent their time frolicking through the meadows. One day, while walking among her people, the Cicones, in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was set upon by a satyr. In her efforts to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel. . The poison of the sting killed her and she descended to Hades immediately.

Orpheus was son of the great Olympian god Apollo. In many ways Apollo was the god of music and Orpheus was blessed with musical talents. Orpheus was so sad about the loss of his love that he composed music to express the terrible emptiness which pervaded his every breath and movement. He was so desperate and found so little else meaningful, that he decided address Hades. As the overseer of the underworld, Hades heart had to be hard as steel, and so it was. Many approached Hades to beg for loved ones back and as many times were refused. But Orpheus' music was so sweet and so moving that it softened the steel hearted heart of Hades himself. Hades gave permission to Orpheus to bring Eurydice back to the surface of the earth to enjoy the light of day. There was only one condition--Orpheus was not to look back as he ascended. He was to trust that Eurydice was immediately behind him. It was a long way back up and just as Orpheus had almost finished that last part of the trek, he looked behind him to make sure Eurydice was still with him. At that very moment, she was snatched back because he did not trust that she was there. When you hear music which mourns lost love, it is Orpheus' spirit who guides the hand of the musicians who play it.

Plato's representation of Orpheus is that of a coward, as instead of choosing to die in order to be with the one he loved, he instead mocked the gods by trying to go to Hades to bring her back alive. Since his love was not "true"—he did not want to die for love—he was actually punished by the gods, first by giving him only the apparition of his former wife in the underworld, and then by being killed by women.

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MightyMorphinPower4's avatar
Exllcent work one of my fave greek myths
Twocool115's avatar
"Thou art I.....
And I am Thou.
From the sea of thy soul, I cometh.
I am Orpheus, Master of Strings.
And I am taking my wife back, asshole!"
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I like the Persona reference.

IrisTutella4805's avatar
I read the description and it looks like someone did their homework. I'm not saying it's bad I'm saying you are a respectable person.
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GaloCuevas's avatar
I always thought about Orpheus as a wimpy sensitive guy.
You made me change my opinion.
BlasterMasterGuy's avatar
Wow...Hades is a colossal dick...:(
IrisTutella4805's avatar
Personally, I don't blame hades because Orpheus didn't follow instructions.
TheAsorlinsStrike's avatar
No he's just good at his job. Hades kidnapped one woman and did what his job tells him to do. Unlike the other gods. Zeus keep it in the toga.
BlasterMasterGuy's avatar
Eh, I stand by my statement.
this is nice.. their contrasts reminded me of a myth from my country (Philippines) of Sidapa the dark god of death, handsome, tall and robust who took the boy bulan who was short lithe and pale and was so comely that the beast, mermaids and fishes became docile upon seeing his lovely face 
Zaradamus's avatar
Very dramatic. Excellent.
Bueno travajo !!!^^
Hrmph.  Plato didn't have good opinions on ANYONE except Socrates... Unimpressed 
mandog10011's avatar
Excellent work!
I love your colours and style!
Fire-Link's avatar
Great work. How's things going?
:( (Sad) That was a sad tale. I wish that Orpheus had actually listened. 
TheAngelDragon's avatar
Good contrast of orange and blue. Amazing stuff as always.
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What I like about your work is that you take inspiration from mythology and turn it into kick ass art!
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