Orpheus and Eurydice Picture

Based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
For those who don't know, Orpheus was the son of one of the nine Muses, and was a brilliant musician. He was going to marry Eurydice, but she was bitten by a snake and died on their wedding day. Saddened, he went down to the underworld to implore Hades and Persephone to let her go back up with him. They agreed, on the condition that he not look at her until they had gotten out.
So they were climbing back up, and everything was going well, until, JUST AS THEY REACHED THE LAST STEP, Orpheus turned to look at her, fearing that maybe she would fall.
Well, needless to say, she went back down to the underworld. He was depressed, and sat by the banks of the river Styx and starved himself for three days. Then he wandered, singing songs that made even the rocks and trees around him cry, until a group of Dionysus' followers killed him. Then his severed head, still singing, floated down a river until the Muses found it and burried him.

I know that it's supposed to be a tragedy, but I still can't get over the fact that he was on THE LAST STEP. I mean, really. He was pretty much out, and he turned around.

I did this a while ago, for Latin class. We had to do a creative interpretation of the myth.
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