Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Orpheus, the hero of many Greek myths, was said to have received the gift of the lyre from Apollo, whom some made his father. With his music he charmed both animate and inanimate nature, and by its power saved the Argonauts from all perils in their voyage, and induced Pluto to let him take away his wife, Eurydice, from Hades. Having, however, looked upon her as they ascended, he again lost her. He himself met with a violent death, being either torn in riieces by the Masnads for refusing to worship Dionysus, or smitten down by the thunderbolt of Zeus for revealing the divine mysteries.