Rosicrucian Digest

The Orphic Mysteries

Volume 87 Number 1 2008

This is the fourth in a series of thematic issues of the Rosicrucian Digest exploring sources that have contributed to the Rosicrucian tradition.

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Ovid Orpheus and Eurydice from the Metamorphases

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Image: Orpheus with Animals

Orpheus with Animals

The Theology of Orpheus

G.R.S. Mead
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Images: Orpheus and the Beasts ; Portrait of G.R.S. Mead ; Orphic Theogony Chart 1 ; Orphic Theology Chart 2

Color Portrait of Jesus by H.S.L.

An Orphic Timeline

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Images: Apotheosis of Homer ; Orphic Egg ; Calyx - Krater; Orphic Christ Mosaic ; Orpheus descends to underworld ; Building the Argo ; Amulet with Orpheus-Christ-Bacchos Crucifixion

Head of Orpheus

The Mystic Philosophy of Orpheus

R.M. Lewis
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Image: Dionysiac Mysteries

Dionysiac Mysteries Villa Mysteries

The Mytholology of Orpheus and the Mysteries

Maria Daniels
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Images: Dionysiac Mysteries from Pompei ; Orpheus and his Lyre ; 1969 Rosicrucian Tour

Dionysiac Mysteries from Pompei

Shedding Light on Some Orphic Gods

Stefanie Goodart
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Images: Titanic Underground ; Phanes in Modena

Titanic Underworld

Orpheus Remembered: The Rediscovery of Opheus during the Renaissance

Alex Broquet
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Images: Orphic Serpent Bowl ; Orpheus with the Lyre ; Orpheus-Christ-Mithras ; Pyx with Orpheus ; Orpheus at Two Laurels ; Orpheus

Orpheus with the Lyre

Rilke Sonnets to Orpheus

Rainer Maria Rilke
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Images: Orpheus Leading Eurydice from Hades ; Ovid with Lyre and Animals

Orpheus Leading Eurydice by the Hand from Hades


Jean Cocteau
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Images: Filming Orpheus with Cocteau ; Jean Marais as Orpheus ; Portrait of Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau by Modigliani

Orpheus Today

Ralph H. Abraham, Ph.D.
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Images: Orpheus courting Eurydice ; The Childhood of Bacchus

Bacchus and Mount Vesuvius, Pompei, House of the Centenary

The Orphic Mysteries

Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D.
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Images: Orpheus the Soft-voiced Singer ; The Setting Sun at Stonehenge

Orpheus the Soft-spoken Singer

Ancient Wisdom Rises from the Ashes

Steven Armstrong M.A.
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Images:Orphic Gold Tablet found at Petelia ; Fragments of the Derveni Papyrus

Krater found at Derveni Necropolis

Orphic Hymns

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Images: Orpheus and Lyre

Orpheus and Lyre

Supplementary Web Articles

Orpheus and Eurydice

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Image: Virgil from 6th Century Roman Codex ; Aeneid from a 4th-5th Century Roman Codex

Virgil Vatican

Orpheus and Eurydice from the

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Image: Ovid in Constanta Statue ; Eurydice dies from Snakebite ; Reception of the Head of Orpheus ; Nymphs Listening to the Songs of Orpheus ; The Dying Eurydice

Ovid in Constanta Statue

Sonnets to Orpheus

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Image: Orpheus and Lyre with Animals ; Tortoise Lyre ; Portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke

Music Inspired by the story of Orpheus and Eurydice

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Renaissance Period

Baroque Period Part 1

Baroque Period Part 2

Classical Period

Romantic Period

Modern Classical Music: Part 1

Modern Classical Music Part 2

Modern Popular, Jazz and New Age Music

Modern Rock and Alternative Music
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