ORPHIC FRAGMENT 202 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Theologists refer to two types of health, one to Asklîpiós (Ἀσκληπιός), being out of the ordinary course of nature, and the other prior to this God which is produced from Persuasion (Πειθώ) and Ǽrôs (Ἔρως).

202. (272) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 33 a (II 63, 29 Diehl):

διὸ καὶ οἱ θεολόγοι τὴν μὲν εἰς Ἀσκληπιὸν ἀναφέρουσιν ὑγείαν, τὴν ἰατρικὴν πᾶσαν τοῦ παρὰ φύσιν εἴτε ἀεὶ τὸ παρὰ φύσιν γεννῶσι τῆι δημιουργίαι συνυφεστῶσαν | 64 Diehl τῶν πραγμάτων, ἣν παράγουσιν ἀπὸ Πειθοῦς καὶ Ἔρωτος, διότι τὸ πᾶν ἐκ νοῦ καὶ ἀνάγκης ἐστίν . . .

Hence also theologists refer one kind of health to Esculapius (Ἀσκληπιός), this being all the medicine of things preternatural (out of the ordinary course of nature), whether it perpetually or sometimes only represses a preternatural subsistence. But they generate another prior to Esculapius, which is consubsistent (subsisting together) with the fabrication of things, and which they produce from Persuasion (Πειθώ) and Love (Ἔρως). (Hence, as Plato says,) the universe is from intellect and necessity, (intellect persuading necessity; but necessity being converted to intellect, in order that it may lead all things to that which is best.)” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820)


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.


The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia, Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara, κιθάρα), the the lyre of Apóllôn (Apollo, Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus, Ὀρφεύς).


PLEASE NOTE: Throughout the pages of this website, you will find fascinating stories about our Gods. These narratives are known as mythology, the traditional stories of the Gods and Heroes. While these tales are great mystical vehicles containing transcendent truth, they are symbolic and should not be taken literally. A literal reading will frequently yield an erroneous result. The meaning of the myths is concealed in code. To understand them requires a key. For instance, when a God kills someone, this usually means a transformation of the soul to a higher level. Similarly, sexual union with a God is a transformation.

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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