Study Guide

Orpheus Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

Argonautica Orphica

Get a sneak peek into Orpheus' mind—this ancient poem tells the story the Quest for the Golden Fleece from our favorite musician's perspective.

Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius

Orpheus sure was popular back in the day: in Argonautica, you can read all about his days as an Argonaut.

Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Orphic Hymns

According to legend, these ancient poems were written by Orpheus himself. A musician and a poet to boot!

Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Library by Apollodorus

One of the earliest accounts of the myth of "Orpheus and Eurydice" is just a click away. Thank you, Internet.

Dec 20, 2019

Georgics by Virgil

The big cheese of epic Roman poets has his own version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. It's pretty… poetic.

Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

And here's a version of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth by, you know, that other Roman poet.

Dec 20, 2019

L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi

In L'Orfeo, Orpheus is around for all your baroque opera needs.

Dec 20, 1762

Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald von Gluck

Have you ever wondered what the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice would be like if it were retold in the form of a German opera? Well, it's your lucky day.

Dec 20, 2019

Eurydice by Jean Anouilh

Everyone wants to get in on the action: in Eurydice, a famous French playwright tells his version of the myth of Orpheus and his lovely wife.

Dec 20, 2019


Writer/director Jean Cocteau artsy fartsies it up in this film version — Orpheus is both the title and the star.

Dec 20, 2019

Black Orpheus

Want to see the dark side of Orpheus? Well here's a steamy version of his story, set in South America.

Dec 20, 1982

The Storyteller: Greek Myths

Jim Henson, master of Muppets, puts his unique spin on Orpheus' myth. It's always better when Muppets are (kind of) involved.

Dec 20, 2019

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Orpheus' wife is the namesake for this this beautiful and imaginative spin on the tale by hotshot playwright Sarah Ruhl.

Dec 20, 2019

Orpheus and Eurydice: A Myth Underground by Mollie Davies, music by James Johnston and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

This dramatic reinterpretation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth was created for the National Youth Theater of Britain. Fancy shmancy.

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