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Orpheus
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I. Mythology – II. Art

I. Mythology

The stories of Orpheus reflect the emergence and rejection of a religious movement in Archaic Greece: a prince from Thrace in northern Greece enchants everyone with his artistry; the psychagogic and ecstatic power of music (Ecstasy) is recalled in a journey to the netherworld. Eurydice, the wife of Orpheus, dies; to win her back, he descends into Hades. Through his music, he charms even the rocks and persuades the implacable gods of the dead to release his dead wife fro…

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Auffarth, Christoph, Sed-Rajna, Gabrielle and Arnulf, Arwed, “Orpheus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024207>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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