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Known more for his music than his fighting ability, Orpheus is a hero for two reasons. He was an Argonaut in Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece, and he survived a quest that even Theseus failed. Orpheus went to the Underworld to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, who had died of snakebite. He made his way to the Underworld’s royal couple — Hades and Persephone — and persuaded Hades to give him a chance to bring his wife back to life. He got permission on condition that he did not look at Eurydice until they reached the light of day, something he was unable to do.

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