ORPHIC FRAGMENT 201 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Áttis and Ádônis. 

201. Ἀπορίαι καὶ λύσεις περὶ τῶν πρώτων ἀρχῶν εἰς τὸν Πλάτωνος Παρμενίδην Δαμασκίου 352 (II 214, 4 Rue.): 

αὐτίκα πρὸς τὸ πρῶτον ἔχωμεν καὶ παρὰ τοῖς θεολόγοις, ὅτι εἰσὶν θεοὶ ἐν ὑπερτέραι µὲν τάξει τὴν λῆξιν ἱδρυσάµενοι, τοῦ δὲ ἑξῆς διακόσµου προϊστάµενοι κατ' ἰδιότητα· οἷον ὁ Ἄττις ἐν τῆι σεληναίαι καθήµενος λήξει δημιουργεῖ τὸ γενητόν. οὕτως ἔχοντα καὶ τὸν Ἄδωνιν εὑρίσκομεν ἐν ἀπορρήτοις, οὕτω πολλοὺς θεοὺς παῥ Ὀρφεῖ τε καὶ τοῖς θεουργοῖς. 

“Now proceeding from the first, we possess (knowledge), along with the theologians, that there shall come Gods in a higher division who, while establishing their rank by allotment, but in order of the arrangement, rule following a specific character; as, for instance, Áttis, seated in the order of the moon, fabricates by means of allotment what is subject towards generation. In this way also we find Ádônis (operating) in the Mystíria (ἀπορρήτοις), as likewise do many other Gods in (the teachings of) Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) and the theurgists.” (trans. by the author) 

Εὐχὴ πρὸς Μουσαῖον· Lines 40 and 41: 

Μητέρα τ' ἀθανάτων, Ἄττιν καὶ Μῆνα κικλήσκω
Οὐρανίαν τε θεάν, σὺν δ' ἄμβροτον ἁγνὸν Ἄδωνιν.

“Prayer: To Mousaios” (the beginning of the Orphic Hymns), Lines 40 and 41:

“(I summon the) Mother of the Immortals, and I am calling Áttis and the Moon,
Ouranía, and also the Goddesses, along with immortal holy Ádônis.” (trans. by the author)

Cf. Hymn. ap. Hippolyt. Ref. omn. haeres. V 9, 8 p. 99, 12 Wendl. (Wilamowitz Herm. XXXVII 1902, 329; Griech. Verskunst 371):

χαῖρε <ὠ> τὸ κατηφὲς ἄκουσμα Ῥέας Ἄττι·
σὲ καλοῦσι μὲν Ἀσσύριοι τριπόθητον Ἄδωνιν,
ὅλη δ' Ἀἴγυπτος Ὄσιριν,
ἐπουράνιον μηνὸς κέρας Ἑλληνὶς σοφία κτλ.

“I welcome the cryptic voice of Rǽan (of Ῥέα) Áttis;
You who the Assyrians summon as thrice-desired Ádônis,
And who all the Egyptians call Osiris,
Heavenly horn of the moon, (as is known in) the wisdom of the Greeks...” (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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