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Orpheus playing the lyre, from a southern Italian Greek vase. 330 B.C. Canossa, Italy. Munich Antikensammlung. Photo: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY.

Thesprotia (thes-PROH-shuh). Region in western Greece, including the valley of the Acheron, where there was an entrance to Hades. This may have been the portal that Orpheus used when he attempted to regain his dead wife Eurydice from the Underworld.