Wiki Caprica
Wiki Caprica
Name Orpheus
Other Names None
Debut False Labor
Significance Orpheus Park
Photo Earth mosaic of Orpheus [1]

Orpheus is one of the Lords of Kobol in the Battlestar Galactica universe. In the religion of the Ancient Greeks, he is the son of the god, Apollo.

Lord of Kobol[]

Orpheus and the other gods lived in peace and harmony with humanity on Kobol until the exodus of the Twelve Tribes two-thousand years ago. Orpheus Park in Caprica City is named for him. It is appropriate that he should be so honored since his father Apollo is the patron god of Caprica.

Ancient Greek Religion[]

Orpheus is a figure from Ancient Greek [religion], most famous for his virtuoso ability in playing the lyre (kithara). He was also a poet and a prophet.

Orpheus' mother was the muse, Calliope.  He learned his great skills from his father, the god Apollo, the finest musician of them all. Orpheus’ mortal father was King Oeagrus (or Oiagros) of Thrace, where the Greeks believed the lyre originated.

Orpheus married Eurydice.  However, their happiness was short-lived, for Eurydice was bitten on her ankle by a poisonous snake and died, and in some accounts, on her wedding night. Distraught, Orpheus followed his love down to the Underworld and with his music charmed Charon, the ferryman, and Cerberus, the fearsome dog which guarded the gates, to allow him into the realm of shades. Meeting Persephone, the wife of Hades, he beseeched the goddess with his song to release Eurydice and allow her to return to the land of the living. Hades then appeared and, moved by Orpheus’ offer that if Eurydice could not be released, he would stay himself in the Underworld, the god consented to her release. 

There was, however, a condition. The shadow of Eurydice would follow behind Orpheus as he left the Underworld, but if he once looked back at her, she would forever remain in the world of the dead. Delighted, Orpheus agreed to this simple request, but as he walked through the shadows of the Underworld and heard not a single footfall from behind, he began to doubt Eurydice was there. Then, almost at the threshold of the world of light and happiness, the doubtful Orpheus looked back. There she was, the shadow of Eurydice, but as soon as their eyes met, the girl vanished. 

In despair, Orpheus stumbled to the daylight and collapsed, his grief not allowing him to eat or drink. Finally, he gathered his senses and roamed the forests of Thrace, but he shunned human company and never sang or played his lyre again.[2]


See Also[]


  1. Photo: Orpheus surrounded by animals. Ancient Roman floor mosaic, from Palermo, now in the Museo archeologico regionale di Palermo. Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto.
  2. Orpheus at the Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved on October 19, 2017, edited.