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Spelios Cave of Antissa: The Oracle of Orpheus

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Hidden : 11/1/2015
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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The last 10 metres are a bit difficult. Don't go wearing flip flops!!

Orpheus: (Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, Orpheus is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture, portrayed or alluded to in countless forms of art and popular culture including poetry, film, opera, music, and painting.
For the Greeks, Orpheus was a founder and prophet of the so-called "Orphic" mysteries. He was credited with the composition of the Orphic Hymns, a collection of which survives. Shrines containing purported relics of Orpheus were regarded as oracles.
Orpheus was killed by the Ciconian women, followers of Dionysus, they first threw sticks and stones at him as he played, but his music was so beautiful even the rocks and branches refused to hit him. Enraged, the women tore him to pieces during the frenzy of their Bacchic orgies.
His head and lyre, still singing mournful songs, floated down the swift Hebrus river to the Aegean sea. There, the winds and waves carried them on to the Lesbos shore, where the inhabitants put his head in the cave and built a shrine in his honour. The head prophesied until the oracle became more famous than that of Apollo at Delphi, at which time Apollo himself bade the Orphic oracle stop. The dismembered limbs of Orpheus were gathered up and buried by the Muses. His lyre they had placed in the heavens as a constellation.

BOX : Small plastic container with logbook and pencil. Can hold small items.
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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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