Monday, 26 January 2015

Eurydice

                In Greek mythology, Eurydice was described as an oak nymph or in a rare version daughter of Apollo, the god of music. Eurydice was the wife of Orpheus, who loved her dearly.
Eurydice

                           Aristaeus (minor god), son of Apollo and Cyrene, saw Eurydice and got attracted towards her beauty. Once Aristaeus found Eurydice alone, tried to seduce her. In her headlong eagerness to escape, Eurydice stepped on a poisonous snake, was bitten and died instantly. According to one version, Eurydice was bitten by snake, when she was dancing with Naiads on her wedding day. 
Eurydice

                                             Distraught Orpheus played his lyre and sung so mournfully that all the nymphs and deities wept and told him to travel to the Underworld to retrieve her, which he gladly did. After his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone, his singing so sweet that even the Erinyes wept, he was allowed to take her back to the world of the living.
Eurydice, Orpheus, Hades and Persephone

 In some versions, Orpheus played his lyre to put Cerberus, the guardian of underworld, to sleep, after which Eurydice was allowed to return with Orpheus to the world of the living. 
               In any case, the condition was attached that he must walk in front of her and not look back until both had reached the upper world. Soon Orpheus began to doubt that Hades had deceived him and Eurydice was not walking behind him. Just as he reached the portals of underworld and daylight, he turned around to gaze on her face, and because Eurydice had not yet crossed the threshold, she vanished back into the underworld. 
Eurydice and Orpheus
             Later Orpheus was killed by the Maenads at the orders of Dionysus, his soul ended up in the underworld where he was reunited with Eurydice.
Statues Of Eurydice
         
     


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