AEON: INSCRIPTION FROM ELEUSIS

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1125. Aeon, Augusti aetate. Eleusine. Edd. Philios Ἐφ. ἀρχ. 1887, 112, 33 (Syll.2 757). Cf. Drumann-Groeber Gesch. Roms IV2 593, 31; Weinreich Arch. Religionsw. XIX 1918, 174. [Hi et Weinr.]

(Also numbered: I. Eleusis 287. Estimated 50-15 BCE. IG II² 4705 — Syll.³ 1125)

Κόϊντος Πομπήϊος Αὔλου υ[ἱὸς]
       ἐποίει καὶ ἀνέθηκε
σὺν ἀδελφοῖς Αὔλωι καὶ Σέξτωι
       Αἰῶνα
εἰς κράτος Ῥώμης καὶ διαμονὴν
       μυστηρίων.

Αἰὼν ὁ αὐτὸς ἐν τοῖς αὐτοῖς αἰεὶ
φύσει θείαι μένων κόσμος τε εἷς
κατὰ τὰ αὐτά, ὁποῖος ἔστι καὶ ἦν
καὶ ἔσται, ἀρχὴν μεσότητα τέλος
οὐκ ἔχων, μεταβολῆς ἀμέτοχος,
θείας φύσεως ἐργάτης αἰωνίου πάντα.

“Kóïndos Pompíios, son of Avlós,
Together with the brothers Avlós and Séxtos,
Creates and dedicates (this statue of) Aióhn
For the strength of Rome and continuance of the Mysteries.

“Aióhn by himself through them ever himself.
In the divine nature, remaining one natural order.
Concerning those things, who he is and was
And will be...a beginning, middle or end...
Not having such, he is free from change.
He is always a worker for the divine nature.” (trans. by the author)


The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.


The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).


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We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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