Orpheus


Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld (1861) by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Darkness.”

Pronunciation: (OR-fee-us) Orpheus

Nicknames: Orphie, Ori

Detail: Orpheus was given his lyre by Apollo. Trained by the Muses, he developed into a musician so talented he could literally move mountains with his song. When Orpheus’ wife, Eurydice, was killed by the bite of a serpent, he went down to the underworld to bring her back. His songs were so beautiful that Hades agreed to allow Eurydice to return to the world of the living. However, Orpheus had to meet one condition: he must not look back as he was leading her to the surface. Just before the pair reached the upper world, Orpheus looked back, and EurydiceEurydice slipped back into the underworld once again.

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