|Nymphs listening to the songs of Orpheus by Charles Francois Jalabert, 1853.|
Today's post is a continuation of the story of Orpheus, specifically, his rather gruesome death.
After Eurydice's death Orpheus scorned all women. Some did not take kindly to this, particularly the bacchanals (female followers of Bacchus).
These women mobbed poor Orpheus beating him blood and tearing him to pieces.
|Mort d'Orphée by Albrect Dürer, 1494.|
|Death of Orpheus by Emile Levy, 1866.|
Orpheus’ limbs lay scattered around; but his lyre andhis headwere thrown into the river Hebrus. Afloat mid-stream –oh wonder! –the instrument uttered a plaintive moan, the lifelesstongueemitted a feeble dirge and the banks re-echoed insorrow.Ovid, Metamorphoses, 11.50-53
|Nymphs finding the head of Orpheus by John William Waterhouse, 1905.|
|Orphee Mort by Jean Delville, 1893.|
Orpheus' head eventually washed up on the shore of Lesbos.
|Orpheus by Gustave Moreau, 1865.|
Orpheus’ shade passed under the earth. He recognizedallthe places he’d seen before. As he searched the ElýsianFields,he found the wife he had lost and held her close in his arms.At last the lovers could stroll together, side by side –or she went ahead and he followed; then Orpheus venturedin frontand knew he could now look back on his own Eurýdicesafely.Ovid, Metamorphoses, 11.61-66