|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.