OrpheusPosted March 30 2011
Orpheus was the son of Apollo and the Muse Calliope. Presumably in consequence of the death of Eurydice, his wife, and his unsuccessful attempt to bring her to earth again from the infernal regions, he turned to homosexuality. He is said to have introduced sodomy to the world. Ovid writes in Metamorphoses: “He also was the first adviser of the Thracian people to transfer their love to tender boys ...” Ovid also recounts that the Thracian Maenads, Dionysus' followers, angry for having been spurned by Orpheus in favor of "tender boys," first threw sticks and stones at him as he played, but his music was so beautiful even the rocks and branches refused to hit him. Enraged, the Maenads tore him to pieces during the frenzy of their Bacchic orgies.