ORPHIC FRAGMENT 114 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Yî (Γῆ), unknown to Ouranós (Οὐρανός), gave birth to the Seven Pairs of Titánæs (Τιτᾶνες).

114. (95) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 40e (III 184, 1 Diehl):

δόξειε γὰρ ἂν (sc. ὁ Πλάτων) τοῦτο λέγειν οὐχ ἑπομένως ταῖς <Ὀρφικαῖς> ἀρχαῖς· ἐκεῖ γὰρ ἀδελφοὶ λέγονται τούτων, ἀλλ' οὐ γεννήτορες· τίκτει γὰρ ἡ Γῆ λαθοῦσα τὸν Οὐρανόν, ὥσ φησιν ὁ θεολόγος·

ἑπτὰ μὲν εὐειδεῖς κούρας (ἑλικώπιδας, ἁγνάς,)
ἑπτὰ δὲ παῖδας ἄνακτας (ἐγείνατο λαχνήεντας)·
θυγατέρας μὲν (τίκτε?) Θέμιν καὶ ἐΰφρονα Τηθὺν
Μνημοσύνην τε βαθυπλόκαμον Θείαν τε μάκαιραν,
ἠδὲ Διώνην τίκτεν ἀριπρεπὲς εἶδος ἔχουσαν
Φοίβην τε Ῥείην τε, Διὸς γενέτειραν ἄνακτος·

παῖδας δὲ ἄλλους τοσούτους·

Κοῖόν τε Κρῖόν τε μέγαν Φόρκυν τε κραταιὸν
καὶ Κρόνον Ὠκεανόν θ' Ὑπερίονά τ' Ἰαπετόν τε.
 

For he (Πλάτων) may seem to say this, contrary to the Orphic origins; there (in the Orphic mythology) the sons are reckoned thus, not of other parents; for Yî (Γῆ) gave birth unknown by Ouranós, so the theologian declares:

(Yaia begot:) “ ‘Indeed seven comely daughters (with rolling eyes, holy)
Daughters indeed (begotten) Thǽmis (θέμις) and cheerful Tîthýs (Τηθύς)
Both thick-haired Mnîmosýnî (Μνημοσύνη) and happy Theia (Φεία),
And she begot Dióhnî (Διώνη) possessed of splendid form,
And Phívî (Φοίβη) and Rhǽa (Ῥέα), the mother of Zefs (Ζεὺς) the king.

“ ‘Now the other children were as many:

“ ‘Kíos (Κοῖος) and Kreios (Κρεῖος) and mighty Phórkys (Φόρκυς)
And Krónos (Κρόνος), Ôkæanós (Ὠκεανός); both Ypæríôn (Ὑπερίων) and Iapætós (Ἰαπετός).’ ”  (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.


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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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