The myth that we will show below, belonging to the theogonic myths , tells the shocking story of Eurydice and Orpheus, two lovers who face a tragic end.
Eurydice was a member of a large group of female nature spirits , (nymph), according to Greek mythology. She falls in love with Orpheus (divine poet and musician), but on her wedding day she suffers an attempted kidnapping by a rival of her partner. Austada flees in terror but steps on a snake, which bites her foot, causing her imminent death.
Eurydice and Orpheus
Desperate Orpheus, decides to go down to Hades to look for her and when he arrives he asks Charon to take him in his boat to the other side of the Styx lagoon, who refuses for which Orpheus begins to play his lyre causing the rapture of the ferryman, who agrees to take him to the other shore, convincing in the same way the dog Cerberus, (the guardian of hell), to open the doors for him.
In front of the god Hades, he pleads with him for Eurydice, who, captivated by Orpheus’s lyre, agrees, but making a condition that Orpheus must not contemplate Eurydice’s face until they have come out of hell . But before reaching the last door, he cannot contain himself for fear of being deceived and looks at Eurydice’s face , so she is taken from him and turned into a shadow again, and he is expelled from hell , after having tried to recover her again. Being both separated definitively.
That is why without motivation to live and maintaining fidelity to his beloved, he wandered around the world with his lyre until he met a group of women who asked him to play a piece of their musical repertoire and, as he refused, they cut off his head by throwing him into the river. .
But reportedly you can still hear the sound of her voice so sweet and soft .
The myth of Eurydice and her beloved Orpheus is extracted from some operas, such as that of Eurydice (1600), that of Jacopo Peri, Orpheus (1609), that of Claudio Monteverdi and Orfeo ed Eurídice (1762) by Christoph Willibald Gluck.