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Mythic Couples and their Modern Meanings: Eurydice and Orpheus

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While we could have spent the entire class in ancient Greece, we will discuss one other tale from that culture, and it is a telling counterpart to the story of Psyche and Eros. Eurydice and Orpheus are both of divine heritage, but that doesn’t mean their story ends well. In fact, it is one of the most heart-breaking stories in world mythology, but it is also one of the most instructive. If you’ve been victimized by your own doubt or broken apart by loss, come and discuss the story with us and see how we can be put back together. Hint: it involves creativity and grace.

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There is something about two or (as a philosopher would say) twoness. Sure, one or oneness is the ultimate reality, but twoness speaks to that which is more than one—multiplicity, the many, manifestations—in other words life itself. If one is our aspiration, two is our reality, the place from which we reach for the one. Also, it’s difficult to tell a good story about the one because stories function through conflict and tension, and for that you need at least two. Accordingly, the stories we have told ourselves throughout the world and all through history are stories of two, especially couples. In this President’s Class, we examine some of these great stories of couples. We will learn what they symbolize to the cultures who told them and what they can mean for us today. Welcome to Mythic Couples and their Modern Meanings.

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