By John Arnott MacCulloch
This vintage examine of the traditional stories of eire and Wales will delight everyone interested in Celtic folklore. Its vigorous stories of romance and love, of warfare and carnage, and of deeds either noble and base are observed through specialist remark, which locations them inside of a bigger cultural context.
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Orpheus’s spirit was said to have inspired many famous poets who lived in Lesbos, notably Alcaeus and Sappho, who both flourished in the late 7th century BCE. Sappho The lyric poet Sappho was the greatest female writer in antiquity. Her love poems, addressed to other women, have inspired poets and are still read today. Apollo Orpheus was devoted to Apollo, who was the god of music, poetry, and the arts, and the rival and polar opposite of Dionysus. Orpheus’s story is a popular Classical myth that has been retold many times, inspiring musicians, poets, and writers.
After hearing all the evidence, Zeus declared Athena to be the winner of the contest. She became the city’s patron deity, and the place was named after her. The coming of the flood Poseidon was furious when he heard the result of the competition. He took up his trident and smote the sea many times, causing a great storm. The waters rose and the plain of Eleusis, where Athens stood, was flooded. The waters covered the plain for a long time, but finally they subsided, allowing the Athenians to repair their city.
They were further enraged over his decision to forsake women and because of his devotion to Apollo. When they came upon Orpheus teaching his male followers, the nymphs attacked him and tore his body apart. The wisdom and songs of Orpheus lived on after his death. He became the object of a cult that began on Lesbos, where a shrine was built at a place called Antissa for people to consult an oracle that supposedly relayed Orpheus’s wisdom. The followers of the cult believed that they could cheat death by freely passing in and out of the Underworld.