Orpheus (Biographical details)

Orpheus (author/poet; mythological figure/creature; Roman; Greek; Male)

Also known as

Orpheus

Biography

Legendary Thracian poet whose skills would charm the fiercest beasts; one of the Argonauts; married Eurydice (q.v.); on her death descended into underworld and convinced Pluto and Proserpine (qq.v) to give her back to him, provided he would not attempt to look at his wife until they had both left the Underworld; but Orpheus failed to keep his promise, prompting Eurydice to vanish into thin air. The despondant poet was torn to death by Thraecian Maenads.