ORPHIC FRAGMENT 208 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Zefs (Ζεύς) makes Diónysos (Διόνυσος) the King of the Gods. 

208. (190) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 396b p. 55, 5 Pasq.: 

καὶ ὁ Διόνυσος < add. Kroll> τελευταῖος θεῶν βασιλεὺς παρὰ τοῦ Διός· ὁ γὰρ πατὴρ ἱδρύει τε αὐτὸν ἐν τῶι βασιλείωι θρόνωι καὶ ἐγχειρίζει τὸ σκῆπτρον καὶ βασιλέα ποιεῖ τῶν ἐγκοσμίων ἁπάντων θεῶν· 

κλῦτε, θεοί· τόνδ' ὔμμιν ἐγὼ βασιλήα τίθημι 

λέγει πρὸς τοὺς νέους θεοὺς (v. frr. 205. 207) Ζεύς.

“[For Night (Νύξ) receives the sceptre from Phanes; Heaven (Οὐρανός) derives from Night, the dominion over wholes; ...]

“...and Bacchus (Διόνυσος) who is the last king of the Gods receives the kingdom from Jupiter (Ζεύς). For the father (Ζεύς) establishes him in the royal throne, puts into his hand the sceptre, and makes him the king of all the mundane Gods: 

‘Hear me ye Gods, I place over you a king.’

says Jupiter to the junior (νέος, younger) Gods.” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816) 

σχόλιον Ὀλυμπιοδώρου επὶ Φαίδωνος Πλάτωνος B δ’ p. 85, 9 Norv.: 

ὅτι τὰ μὲν περὶ μονάδος καὶ τριάδος ἀληθῶς εἴρηται, Τιτᾶνας δὲ τῶι Διονύσωι ἐπιβουλεύοντας ἄλλης εἶναι φήσομεν ἰδιότητος· οὐδεὶς γὰρ ἀριθμὸς ἐναντιοῦται τῆι οἰκείαι μονάδι οὐδὲ ἀναιρεῖ αὐτήν, ἢ οὕτω γε καὶ ἑαυτόν,  ἀλλὰ καὶ ὁ Ζεύς οὐ πρὸς τοὺς Τιτᾶνας λέγει, ἀλλὰ πρὸς τοὺς ἄλλους θεούς· κλύτε, (θεοί, τόνδ' ύμμιν εγώ) βασιλῆα δίδωμι. ἐπεὶ καὶ ὁ Διόνυσος ἐν μὲν τῶι θρόνωι τοῦ Διὸς ἀμέριστος ............... εἰς τοὺς Τιτᾶνας μερι ............ ρακῶς μεταμορφοῦται.


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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