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Orpheus

(2 syl.). A Thracian poet who could move even inanimate things by his music. When his wife Eurydie died he went into the infernal regions, and so charmed King Pluto that Eurydice was releas…

Orpheus of Highwaymen

So Gay has been called on account of his Beggar's Opera. (1688-1732.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894OrreryOrpheus A B C D E F G H I J K L M N …

New Testament

The oldest MSS. extant are:- (1) The Codex Sinaiticus , published at the expense of Alexander II. of Russia since the Crimean war. This codex contains nearly the whole of the Old and New Te…

Sara Teasedale: Testament

TestamentI said, "I will take my life And throw it away; I who was fire and song Will turn to clay.""I will lie no more in the night With shaken breath, I will toss my heart in the ai…

Publicans of the New Testament

were the provincial underlings of the Magister or master collector who resided at Rome. The taxes were farmed by a contractor called the Manceps; this Manceps divided his contract into diff…

Old Testament Names

We do not pretend that this list is all-inclusive. We list only those names that occur most often in crossword puzzles.Aaron: First high priest of Jews; son of Amram; brother of Miriam and Mo…

Classical Mythology: Undying Love: Orpheus

Undying Love: OrpheusClassical MythologyWhat the Hell? Adventures in the UnderworldHades Takes a Wife: PersephoneThe Cunning Rogue: SisyphusThe Not-So-Heavenly Host: TantalusUndying Love: Orph…

Orotalt

according to the Greek writers, was the Bacchus of the ancient Arabs. This, however, is a mistake, for the word is a corruption of Allah Taala (God the Most High). Source: Dictionary of P…

Cerberus

In Greek myth Cerberus was a horrific dog who stood watch at the gates of Hades, the world of the dead. Cerberus had three heads (some accounts gave him many more) and was so vicious that he was fear…

Eurydice

(4 syl.). Wife of Orpheus, killed by a serpent on her wedding night. Orpheus went down to the infernal regions to seek her, and was promised she should return on condition that he looked no…