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(Ὀρφεύς/Orpheús; also Ὀρφής/Orphḗs: Ibycus fr. 306 PMGF). Mythical singer of Thracian origin, important symbolic and identification figure in art and culture (literary sources in [1]).

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A. Mythology

O. is usually considered to be the son of the Muse Calliope [1] and the Thracian king Oeagrus, more rarely of Apollo (Apollod. 1,14f.; schol. Pind. Pyth. 4,313a Dr. = FGrH 12 F 6a; Apoll. Rhod. 1,24f. with schol.). Also indicating a proximity to the Muses is that Pieria (Pierides) is someti…

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DNP-Gruppe Kiel (Kiel), “Orpheus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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