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Aristaeus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Greek culture-hero or demigod, with a bewildering number of associations. His imminent birth to Apollo and the nymph Cyrene is prophesied by Chiron (see Centaurs) in Pindar, Pythian Odes 9....

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Cerebus

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Originally a monster with one hundred heads, resembling his hundred- headed father, Typhon, Cerberus later came to be depicted as a terrifying dog with three heads, the tail of a ...

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Euridice

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

1 (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice). Sop. The dead wife of the musician Orfeo, who brings her back from Hades with the help of Amor, the God of Love. Created (It. vers. 1762) by...

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Graces

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

The Graces, or Charites, not to be confused with the Graeae, were offspring of the Greek god Zeus and a sea nymph, Eurynome. They were three in number—Aglaia, Euprosyne, and Thalia,...

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Metamorphoses

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

In his Metamorphoses, the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso (43 b.c.e.– 17 c.e.), better known to the world as simply Ovid, took the stories of Greco-Roman mythology and turned them ...

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Orpheus

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Greek god, hero of Thrace and in origin perhaps a Thracian king. Son of Apollo he owed his fame to his amazing musical talent. He sang and played the lyre with such art that...

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Orpheus in the Underworld

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Opéra‐fantastique by Offenbach to lib. by Crémieux and Halévy. Comp. in 2 acts 1858, rev. and prod. in Paris in 4‐act version 1874. Prod. Paris (2‐act version) 1858; NY 1861; London 1865...

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Second Mrs Kong

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Opera in two acts by Birtwistle to a libretto by Russell Hoban drawing on the 1933 film King Kong (Glyndebourne, 1994).

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