A Thracian who tried to save his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, Orpheus failed due to looking back while they were fleeing & lost her forever.
In mythology Orpheus was born as a son of the Muse Kalliope and the Thracian king Oeagrus in a cave. He was Legendary Thracian musician, poet and prophet. He even had the ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music. He fell in love with Eurydice.
Orpheus and Eurydice married, but later that night, Eurydice was bitten by a snake and died. Distraught and mourning, Orpheus traveled to the Underworld to try bring her back to life. He persuaded Hades, the God of the Underworld, and his unwilling wife, Persephone, to let Eurydice go, but her release comes with a catch: Eurydice must walk behind him as they ascend to the upper world, and Orpheus is forbidden from looking at her.
Unfortunately, Orpheus could not resist his urges and just as they reach the exit, he turned to look at Eurydice and she is immediately sent back to the Underworld forever. Orpheus is devastated and roamed the streets of Greece playing his sad songs. Following this tragedy, the musician worshiped no gods except for the sun – whom he called Apollo. This refusal to worship the other deities ultimately was the cause of his death at the hands of the Maenads, who saw him as an infidel to the god Dionysus.
He is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture. He has been portrayed and referenced in many forms of art and popular culture including poetry, film, opera, music and culture.
Never look back, never…