ORPHIC FRAGMENT 127 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: The birth of Pándîmos Aphrodítî (Πάνδημος Ἀφροδίτη) from the foam produced when the members of Ouranós (Οὐρανὸς) were cast into the sea.

127. (101) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 406c (p. 110, 15 Pasqu.):

παράγει οὖν αὐτὴν (sc. Venerem) ὁ Οὐρανὸς ἐκ τοῦ ἀφροῦ τῶν γονίμων ἑαυτοῦ μορίων ῥιφέντων εὶς τὴν θάλασσαν, ὥς φησιν Ὀρφεύς·

μήδεα δ᾿ ἐς πέλαγος πέσεν ὑψόθεν, ἀμφὶ δὲ τοῖσι
λευκὸς ἐπιπλώουσιν ἑλίσσετο πάντοθεν ἀφρός·
ἐν δὲ περιπλομέναις ὥραις Ἐνιαυτὸς ἔτικτεν
παρθένον αἰδοίην, ἥν δὶ παλάμαις ὑπέδεκτο
γεινομένην τὸ πρῶτον ὁμοῦ Ζῆλός τ' Ἀπάτη τε.

Therefore Ouranós (Οὐρανὸς) brings forth from his own fruitful parts which had been cast into the sea, as said by Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς):

“The genitals fell down from high into the sea,
swirling round about from every side in the bright foam;
then in the circling season, the Year begot
a venerable maiden; and receiving into their hands
so soon as she was born were Zílos (Ζῆλος) and Apátî (Ἀπάτη) together.” (trans. by the author)

Cf. Θεογονία Ἡσιόδου 188:

μήδεα δ᾽ ὡς τὸ πρῶτον ἀποτμήξας ἀδάμαντι
κάββαλ᾽ ἀπ᾽ ἠπείροιο πολυκλύστῳ ἐνὶ πόντῳ,
ὣς φέρετ᾽ ἂμ πέλαγος πουλὺν χρόνον, ἀμφὶ δὲ λευκὸς
ἀφρὸς ἀπ᾽ ἀθανάτου χροὸς ὤρνυτο: τῷ δ᾽ ἔνι κούρη
ἐθρέφθη κτλ.

And so soon as he had cut off the members with flint
and cast them from the land into the surging sea,
they were swept away over the main a long time: and a white
foam spread around them from the immortal flesh, and in it there grew a maiden.
(trans. H. G. Evelyn-White, 1914)


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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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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