ORPHIC FRAGMENT 121 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Ouranós (Οὐρανὸς) hurls them [1] deep into the earth.

121. (97) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 40e (III 185, 20 Diehl):

μᾶλλον δὲ πάντον οὐρανίων γενῶν τὰ μὲν μένει μόνον ἐν ταῖς ἀρχαῖς, ὥσπερ αἱ δύο πρῶται τριάδες --- ὡς γὰρ ἐνόησε, φησίν [sc. ὁ θεολόγος], αὐτοὺς ὁ Οὐρανὸς

                             ἀμείλχον ἦτορ ἔχοντας

καὶ φύσιν ἐκνομίην ᵕᵕ-ᵕᵕ-ᵕᵕ-
ῥῖψε βαθὺν γαιης Τάρταρον.

κρύπτονται οὖν ἐν ἀφανεῖ δί ὑπεροχὴν δυνάμεως ---, τὰ δὲ καὶ μένει καὶ πρόεισιν, ὥσπερ ὁ Ὠκεανὸς καὶ ἡ Τηθύς· (sequitur fr. 135).

 

“...of all the celestial genera, some alone abide in their principles, as the two first triads. 

“ ‘For as soon as Heaven (Οὐρανὸς) understood that they [1] had an implacable heart and a lawless nature, he hurled them into Tartarus, the profundity of Earth.’ [says Orpheus].

“He concealed them therefore in the unapparent, through transcendency of power. But others both abide in, and proceed from their principles, as Ocean (Ὠκεανὸς) and Tethys (Τηθύς).” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816.)

NOTE:

[1] In his book The Orphic Poems (see p. 71) M. L. West sees this as referring to the Mírai (Μοῖραι), the Kýklôpæs (Κύκλωπες), and the Hundred-Handers (Ἑκατόγχειρες), but the passage from Próklos quoting this seems to be referring to the Titans who conspired against their father Ouranós, with Ôkæanós (Ὠκεανὸς) abstaining.



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