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Monday, June 10, 2013

Orpheus and His Descent Into The Underworld


Orpheus descending into the underworld for Eurydice

Orpheus and His Descent Into the Underworld

  Main thing to understand about Orpheus is that he was a mythic musician, the first rock star, as it were.

Orpheus rescuing Eurydice


































 The myth of Orpheus descending into the underworld to retrieve his wife Eurydice resonates through three thousand years of recorded human history.

 A good reason to derive artistic inspiration from an ancient myth is the fact that a larger portion of the potential audience is familiar with the source material and is therefore more inclined to like the work citing the myth.

  This idea of a famous musician going to hell to get back his woman is pretty powerful and resonant material.

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