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Uciderea lui Orfeu / Death of Orpheus

® rug\mintea muzelor `ndoliate [i a zeului Apollo, marele Zeus a `n\l]at atunci pe cer instrumentul miraculos. Constela]ia Lyra aminte[te de eterna iubire dintre Orfeu, c‚nt\re]ul ne`ntrecut, [i frumoasa Euridice... ∫

® guardian of the palace, barked hideously with his three heads. But the magic sound of the lyre tamed the monster, and Orpheus entered the palace. Full of courage, he threw himself at the foot of the high throne Hades was sitting on. He was playing a sad song with his lyre, crying for his lost love and begging for the life of Eurydice... Hades, the god of darkness, remained unimpressed, but goddess Persephone was full of compassion. With tears in her eyes, she spoke to her unmerciful husband, and Hades agreed to return Eurydice among the living. But this was to be done on one condition: Orpheus was not to look back at his beloved until both of them reached the daylight. At Hades’ order, Hermes, the god of souls, brought Eurydice’s shadow from the underworld. Orpheus started walking back towards the world of the living, followed by the foggy silhouette of his newly found wife. Close to the exit, the singer felt the frozen wind tug at him once again, and his feet slipped on the cold and humid rock. Behind him, nothing was heard, not even a faint sound. Was it his beloved wife or was it somebody else? Tormented by doubts, Orphe-

us turned all of a sudden. Behind him, there was his adored one, whom he had not seen for so long. As Hades had warned him, Eurydice turned into fog and disappeared forever... Maddened by the insufferable loss, Orpheus turned again. But this time the old boatman remained unyielding, and he did not let him cross the black river. Orpheus had to go back without his beloved. Laden with sorrow, he spent his life singing the saddest songs. Until one day, when the women of Thrace, lured by the feasts of grapes and of wine, furious that the famous singer was not choosing a wife from among them, tore him to pieces. The head and the lyre of poor Orpheus were thrown in the dark waters of the River Hebros. By request of the mournful muses and of the god Apollo, the great Zeus put the miraculous instrument into the sky. The Constellation Lyra serving as a constant reminder of the eternal love between Orpheus and the tragically beautiful Eurydice... ∫ CONSTELLATIONS LYRA is part of the 48 constellations mentioned by Ptolemy in the antiquity, and is one of the 88 constellations known today. Its main star, Vega, forms with Deneb and Altair, the Summer Triangle. VEGA, the brightest star, after Arcturus, in the northern skies, is 60 times larger than the sun. Only 25 light-years from us, Vega was the first star photographed by astronomers (Harvard, 1850). CONSTELA}II

LYRA face parte din cele 48 de constela]ii enumerate de Ptolemeu `n antichitate [i este una dintre cele 88 de constela]ii cunoscute azi. VEGA, steaua cea mai str\lucitoare, dup\ Arctur, pe bolta cereasc\ nordic\, este de 60 de ori mai mare dec‚t Soarele. Afl‚ndu-se la numai 25 de ani-lumin\ de noi, Vega a fost prima stea fotografiat\.