Orlando Furioso to Osiris
Orlando Furioso An epic poem in forty-six cantos, by Ariosto (digested by Hoole into twenty-four books,
but retained by Rose in the original form). The subject is the siege of Paris by Agramant the Moor, when
the Saracens were overthrown. In the pagan army were two heroes- Rodomont, called the Mars of Africa,
and Rogero. The latter became a Christian convert. The poem ends with a combat between these two,
and the overthrow of Rodomont.
Orlando Innamorato (Roland the paladin in love). A romantic epic in three books, by the Count Boiardo
of Scandiano, in Italy (1495).
Orleans Your explanation is like an Orleans comment - i.e. Your comment or explanation makes the matter more obscure. The Orleans College was noted for its wordy commentaries, which darkened the text by overloading it with words. (A French proverb.)
Ormandine (3 syl.). The necromancer who by his magic arts threw St. David for seven years into an enchanted sleep, from which he was redeemed by St. George. (The Seven Champions of Christendom, i. 9.)
Ormulum A paraphrase of Scripture in Anglo-Saxon verse; so called from the name of the author, Orm or Ormin (13th cent.).
Oromasdes (4 syl.). The first of the Zoroastrian trinity. The divine goodness of Plato; the deviser of creation (the father). The second person is Mithras, the eternal intellect, architect of the world; the third, Ahrimanes (Psyche), the mundane soul.
O'roondates Only son of a Scythian king, whose love for Statira (widow of Alexander the Great, and daughter of Darius) leads him into numerous dangers and difficulties, which he surmounts. (La Calprenéde: Cassandra, a romance.)
Orosius (General History of), from Creation to A.D. 417, in Latin by a Spanish presbyter of the 5th century, was translated into Anglo-Saxon by Alfred the Great.
Orotalt according to the Greek writers, was the Bacchus of the ancient Arabs. This, however, is a mistake, for the word is a corruption of Allah Taala (God the Most High).
Orpheus (2 syl.). A Thracian poet who could move even inanimate things by his music. When his wife
Eurydice died he went into the infernal regions, and so charmed King Pluto that Eurydice was released
from death on the condition that Orpheus would not look back till he reached the earth. He was just
about to place his foot on the earth when he turned round, and Eurydice vanished from him in an instant.
Pope introduces this tale in his St. Cecilia's Ode.
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