Is There a Greek Love Story that Isn’t Tragic?

EurydiceOrpheusRussellAnyone at all familiar with Greek lore will understand that promiscuity was second nature and tragedy was the name of the game. Even the gods were not exempt from this fact and many of the love stories were incredibly depressing for all those involved. Don’t believe us? You should. If not, here are some facts.

Cybele and Attis

Cybele, the mother goddess fell in love with a young man named Attis. She loved him so tremendously she made him a priest in her temple. As is the way with priests, he took a vow of chastity. However, his wandering eye got the better of him. After a torrid love affair with a nymph, Cybele discovered his betrayal. As a goddess she did what any normal goddess would do, she drove him insane to the point where he castrated himself, resulting in his inevitable death. Love will make you crazy.

Eos and Tithonus

Although it was one big love fest back then, people still seemed to get jealous and angry. Ares and Aphrodite got together very often, but he was a god and never satisfied and made his way to another goddess, Eos goddess of the dawn. Aphrodite was of course upset, even though she had other flings on the side and cursed Eos to only love mortal men from then on. Eos proceeded to fall for Tithonus, prince of Troy. Tithonus begged her to make him immortal so they could be together forever. She did, with one little caveat. She forgot to make him young forever as well. He continued to age without dying. None of the gods could take away the curse, so she did the next best thing, turned him into a cricket. Love may last forever, but youth sure won’t.

Orpheus and Eurydice

Boy met girl. They fell in love. She died from a snakebite. The end. Just kidding, kind of. Orpheus went to Hades in the Underworld to retrieve his lost love. Hades, being a surprisingly benevolent man, agreed on one condition: Orpheus could not gaze on Eurydice until they had finally exited the Underworld. Why wait? He gazed upon her face only to watch as her soul slipped away once more. Snakebites hurt, but Hades hurts worse.

Moral of the story, don’t go back in time to Greece. It was a silly place with mild depression in the air. These golden nuggets of historical writings are provided by anthropologists who uncovered them and Pypeline Editing for writing some down on this website for your enjoyment. Have a non-depressing love story from Greece? Send it in and we will showcase it on our website. Also, special shout-out to our wonderful and talented Jenny Perry, her birthday is the 30th! Email us birthday wishes and we will post on our social media!

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