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Orpheus and Eurydice Trivia

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Apollo taught Orpheus how to play the lyre. Thanks, Dad!

Orpheus is said to have inspired the Orphic Cult, which existed in Greece and the surrounding areas starting around 700 BCE. (Source.) Do you think Orpheus deserves a cult?

After discovering Orpheus' head and limbs, the Muses asked Zeus to place his lyre in the sky. This supposedly became the constellation Lyra, which is visible from spring through autumn in the northern hemisphere. (Source.)

The ancient Greeks believed that the real-world entrance to Hades was Lake Averno. In 2010, police conducted an investigation into a hotel and restaurant on the shores of the lake, believing them to be mafia hideouts. Eek! (Source.)

Tennessee William's play, Orpheus Descending, received such terrible reviews when it opened that the playwright went into therapy.

Superb lyrebirds (real name!) are famous for their mimicry abilities. They can imitate any sound, including human voices, construction noise, and yes, music. (Source.)

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