Monday, April 03, 2006

This week's Debacle: The Orpheus cycle, part 1

It's time to share with you one of my favorite stories from Greek Mythology, and that is the story of Orpheus. The story of Orpheus's life told in myth is sometimes referred to as the Orpheus cycle. It kind of begins before Orpheus comes on to the scene, starting out with Proserpine (or Persephone, depending on your sources). For the sake of fun I'm posting two versions of The Rape of Proserpine this week, one from Ovid's Metamorphoses and the other again from Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. The poem from Ovid is part of a longer epic narrative, so reading the two may help out some. Also, there's some awesome development between Ceres (Proserpine's mother) and Hecate in the Hawthorne yarn. Check them out and draw!

The Rape of Proserpine from Ovid's Metamorphoses
The Pomegranate Seeds by Nathaniel Hawthorne

As far as the whole Orpheus cycle goes, there are two more parts. We probably won't do them in the next two weeks, but we'll be sure to cover them eventually. If you're interested in finding out more before then just let me know.


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