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Outline The myth of Orpheus Hero as Poet Orpheus as inspiration Jason and the Argonauts Quest for Fleece Communal hero? Medea I 2
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4 Euripides’ Alcestis (357-368) If I had the voice and music of Orpheus so that I could charm Demeter's daughter or her husband with song and fetch you from Hades, [360] I would have gone down to the Underworld, and neither Pluto's hound nor Charon the ferryman of souls standing at the oar would have kept me from bringing you back to the light alive.
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5 Plato (427-347 BCE) Symposium (179b-e), Phaedrus is speaking about the power of Love But Orpheus, son of Oeagrus, they sent back with failure from Hades, showing him only a wraith of the woman for whom he came; her real self they would not bestow, for he was accounted to have gone upon a coward's quest, too like the minstrel that he was, and to have lacked the spirit to die as Alcestis did for the sake of love, when he contrived the means of entering Hades alive. Wherefore they laid upon him the penalty he deserved, and caused him to meet his death at the hands of women
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