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how was orpheus killed?

how was orpheus killed

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    Some affirm that Orpheus was torn in pieces by the MAENADS, but others say that he committed suicide out of grief for the death of his wife. Still others assert that Orpheus came to his end by being struck by a thunderbolt, hurled at him by god because he revealed sayings in the mysteries to men who had not heard them before. Yet others say that because Orpheus first favoured love for youths, he seemed to insult women, and for this reason the latter killed him.

    The story now takes an even more tragic turn. After losing Eurydice for a second time, Orpheus wanders the earth in despair. The musician loved his wife desperately, and wants nothing to do with women. A group of Thracian Maenads, however, take revenge on Orpheus and tear him to pieces. But there is a poetic note to this sad ending. It is said that even after his death, the head of Orpheus floated down the Hebrus river, singing a beautiful and enchanting song of lost love.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Orpheus's death is subject to many interpretations, but the most common is that the Thracian women, the Maenads who were worshipers of Apollo, jealous of his love and fidelity toward his deceased wife and hurt by his indifference, tore his body to pieces and threw his head and lyre into the river Hebre.

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  • 1 decade ago

    By maenads, the female worshipers of Dionysus. It is unsure why they killed him. One version is that he did not honor Dionysus, but it could have also been because the women despised him because he had showed no interest in them since Eurydice died, or because he was the first man to love boys, or because each woman wanted him for herself and they tore him apart in the struggle.

    Source(s): The Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology
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  • 1 decade ago

    dark-eyed ghost is completely correct, as you will find if you read the Wikipedia page on him:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpheus

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