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The Tragedy and The Stage

Briana is a writer and content creator. She studied English and History, and loves to educate others about her research. History is awesome!

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Want to know what it was like to watch an ancient Greek tragedy, on Stage? In 400BC?


Well, I do too.

Lucky for you I’m bored, and obsessed with the ancient world. I stumbled across a genius idea that I felt was worth a shot. BEAR WITH ME.

For this to work in any way, please follow through with steps one and two. First, just read a short summary of a well-known tragedy, one that would have been acted out thousands of times in Greece and the surrounding areas. (And who knows where else, we do know it made its way into Turkey.) And then click the link to listen to a melody…that's it.

To get a true, emotionally-charged tug at the heartstrings, you should really try to hear (well, read, technically) the story.

Don't rush or skim through the article because it is only a summary, it's not very long.

The thought process behind my
“Ingenious idea” is for you to experience the emotion behind the story. This is the same type of raw, human emotion the
people watching it thousands of years ago would have felt.

This story, coupled with the link to the song I will place below, will definitely affect the majority of you…how long it haunts your thoughts is completely in your hands.

Enjoy!

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Orpheus

Orpheus was a Greek poet, musician and prophet. His parents were the king of Thrace, Oeagrus, and the muse, Calliope. He was famous as a musician and poet, and he perfected the lyre. Apollo taught Orpheus the lyre when he was young.

In some legends, Apollo gave Orpheus his first lyre. Orpheus's singing and playing were so beautiful that animals, trees and rocks danced around him.

Orpheus joined the passage of the Argonauts, saving them from the music of the enchantresses by playing his own, more potent music. On his return, he married Eurydice, who was hastily killed by a snake. Overcome with sorrow, Orpheus risked his lift travelling to the land of the Underworld to try to bring Eurydice back to life.

With his singing and playing he bewitched the ferryman Charon, and the canine Cerberus, keepers of the River Styx. His music and grief also moved Hades, king of the Underworld, so much that Orpheus was allowed to take Eurydice with back with him.

Hades set one demand, that upon leaving, both Orpheus and Eurydice were prohibited from glancing back. The pair climbed up toward the opening, and Orpheus, seeing the sun again, turned back to share his pleasure and excitement with Eurydice.

In that instant, she vanished. A celebrated interpretation of the story was described by Virgil in Georgics, Book IV.

Orpheus himself was thereafter killed by the women of Thrace. The motive and method of his death fluctuates in each account, but the foremost known, that of Aeschylus, says that they were Maenads; and they prompted by Dionysus to tear him to shreds during a Bacchic orgy. (Because he preferred the worshipping of the rival god Apollo.)

His head, still singing with his lyre, drifted to Lesbos, where an Oracle of Orpheus was established.

The head prophesied until the it became more celebrated than the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. Apollo himself asked the Orphic foreseer to stop competing with Delphi...and so the disassembled body parts of Orpheus were gathered up and buried by the Muses. His lyre they placed in the sky as a constellation.


Another Short Version

Eurydice and Orpheus were youthful and in love. So deep was their love that they were virtually inseparable. So dependent was their love that each felt they couldn't exist without the other.

These youthful lovers were genuinely happy, and spent their time frolicking through the meadows. One day, Eurydice was running through a meadow with Orpheus, and she was bitten by a snake. The toxin from the bite killed her, and she descended to Hades straightaway.

Orpheus was son of the great deity Apollo, and in several ways Apollo was the god of music; also Orpheus was gifted with musical gifts.

Orpheus was so sad about the loss of his love that he formulated music to signify the excruciating emptiness which riddled his every breath and movement.

He was so hopeless, that he decided address Hades.

As the overseer of the underworld, Hades' heart had to be hard as stone, and so it was.

Many approached Hades to appeal for loved ones back, and as many times returned unsuccessful. However, Orpheus' music was so endearing and moving that it weakened the heart of Hades himself.

Hades gave clearance for Orpheus to bring Eurydice back to earth. There was only one condition-- Orpheus wasn't to look back as he ascended. He was to trust that Eurydice was directly behind him.

It was a long way up, and just as Orpheus had all but finished the last part of the journey, he looked behind him to make sure Eurydice was still with him.

And at that very moment, she was snatched back...because he didn't trust that she was there.

When you hear music which mourns a dissipated love, it's Orpheus' soul, who guides the hand of the musicians who play it.

He was never allowed to visit Hades alive again, and he was overcome with heartbreak.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Orpheus-Greek-mythology


Click the link below to experience the sound of the tragedy. Video YouTube. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks for going on the journey with me.

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