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[awr-fee-uh s, -fyoos] /ˈɔr fi əs, -fyus/

Greek Legend. a poet and musician, a son of Calliope, who followed his dead wife, Eurydice, to the underworld. By charming Hades, he obtained permission to lead her away, provided he did not look back at her until they returned to earth. But at the last moment he looked, and she was lost to him forever.
(italics) a ballet (1947) with music by Stravinsky and choreography by Balanchine.
/ˈɔːfɪəs; -fjuːs/
(Greek myth) a poet and lyre-player credited with the authorship of the poems forming the basis of Orphism. He married Eurydice and sought her in Hades after her death. He failed to win her back and was killed by a band of bacchantes


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