Orpheus & Eurydice: Greek lovers who were tragically lost to each other because of a terrible mistake.
The English word long has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of the Greek legend, Orpheus and Eurydice - and we've found many different ways to use the word long in it.
Learn more here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/towards-advanced/unit-17/session-4
Watch part 2 of the story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/towards-advanced/unit-17/session-4/activity-2
Hello I'm Mariam. Today I'm going to tell you about Orpheus and Eurydice, Greek lovers who were tragically lost to each other because of a terrible mistake.
Orpheus was the son of Apollo, Greek god of the Sun. Orpheus had a wonderful gift. When he played his lyre, any animal or bird nearby would stop to listen, spellbound. All day long Orpheus would play, enchanting every creature who heard him, including the woodland nymphs who gathered in the trees.
One day Orpheus was playing when he glanced upwards. There in the branches was a beautiful wood nymph with dazzling long hair, looking down at him with dark dreamy eyes. Orpheus was in love. Before long Eurydice, the nymph, was in love, too. The pair became inseparable and soon they were married.
They were blissfully happy, but their happiness didn’t last long. It came to an abrupt and cruel end one summer’s day…
It was unbearably hot so Eurydice went to the river to cool down. Suddenly …out of nowhere… a swarm of bees came and attacked her. She clambered out of the water to escape but the bees followed. 'Orpheus, help!' she screamed but Orpheus was a long way off playing his lyre.
Eurydice ran quickly. Suddenly a sharp pain pierced her foot and she fell. A deadly snake had bitten her. It didn’t take long for the poison to take its fatal effect. When Orpheus finally arrived, the snake had long gone and Eurydice was lifeless. Orpheus was heartbroken! ‘As long as I live,’ he swore. ‘I’ll never play music again…' But he was wrong.
Join me again soon for part two of the story where you can find out why he was wrong. Bye for now.
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