Never, ever, look back.



Greek mythology

  • Orpheus was born as a son of the Muse Kalliope and the Thracian king Oeagrus in a cave
  • He was Legendary Thracian musician, poet and prophet
  • Had the ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music
  • He attempted to save his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld
  • Persephone told the young musician that he could recover his wife from the realm of the Shades, but only under a single, absolute condition. He could lead her out of Hades, as long as long as he didn’t look back
  • Just before the pair reached the upper world, Orpheus looked back, and Eurydice slipped back into the netherworld once again but this time forever
  • He died at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music
  • One of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture
  • Portrayed and referenced in many forms of art and popular culture including poetry, film, opera, music and art

Expanded info:

Founder and prophet of the “Orphic” mysteries

  • He was credited with the composition of the Orphic Hymns
  • Shrines containing purported relics of Orpheus were regarded as oracles


The myth theme of not looking back

  • This precaution is in the Biblical story of Lot’s wife when escaping from Sodom
  • She was told not to look back and when she did she was turn into a statue made of salt.

The story of Orpheus is similar to the ancient Greek tales of Persephone captured by Hades held captive in the underworld

The Orpheus myth however was entwined with the Orphic mystery cults and, later in Rome, with the development of Mithraism and the cult of Sol Invictus