ORPHIC FRAGMENT 198 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: (Próklos [Πρόκλος] is expounding the view of Plátôn [Πλάτων], which, he says, is in the manner of Orphéfs [Ὀρφεύς]; there is, however, considerable text before our quotation, therefore, making it difficult to tell if all of these views are in agreement with Orphéfs.) The text discusses the relationship between Kórî and the following three deities: Zefs (Ζεύς), Dîmítîr (Δημήτηρ), and Ploutôn (Πλούτων). 

198. (187) Περὶ τῆς κατὰ Πλάτωνα θεολογίας Πρόκλου VI 11 p. 370: 

διττῆς δὲ οὔσης τῆς Κορικῆς τάξεως, καὶ τῆς μὲν ὑπὲρ | 371 τὸν κόσμον προφαινομένης, ὅθι (ὅτε cod. Gotorp.; em. Port.) δὴ καὶ συντάττεται τῶι Διΐ, καὶ μετ' ἐκείνου τὸν ἕνα δημιουργὸν ὑφίστησι τῶν μεριστῶν (sc. Διόνυσον), τῆς δὲ ἐν τῶι κόσμωι δευτέρας, ἣ δὴ (οὗ δὴ cod. G.) καὶ ὑπὸ τοῦ Πλούτω<νος> ἁρπάζεσθαι λέγεται, καὶ ψυχοῦν τὰ ἔσχατα τοῦ παντὸς, ὧν ὁ Πλούτων ἐπετρόπευεν, ἀμφοτέρας ὁ Πλάτων ἡμιν τελέως ἐξέφηνε, τοτὲ μὲν τῆι Δήμητρι τὴν Κόρην συνάπτων, τοτὲ δὲ τῶι Πλούτωνι καὶ σύζυγον αὐτὴν ἀποφαίνων τοῦδε τοῦ θεοῦ. 

“Since, however, the Coric order is twofold, one indeed shining forth above the world, where it is also coarranged with Jupiter (Ζεύς), and constitutes with him the one Demiurgus of partible natures [i. e. Bacchus/Διόνυσος], but the other, and which is secondary,  shining forth in the world, where also it is said to be ravished by Pluto, and to animate the extremities of the universe, which are under the administration of Pluto,—this being the case, Plato perfectly unfolds to us both these, at one time indeed conjoining Proserpine (Κόρη) with Ceres (Δημήτηρ), but at another with Pluto, and evincing that she is the wife of this God.” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816)


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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