ORPHIC FRAGMENT 216 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: This consists of several quotations giving Diónysos the name Wine, including the famous one in which Zefs (Ζεύς) commands that the limbs of Wine be brought to him. 

216. (202-204) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 406 c p. 108, 13 Pasqu.: 

ὅτι τὸν δεσπότην ἡμῶν Διόνυσον οἱ θεολόγοι πολλάκις καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν τελευταίων αὐτοῦ δώρων Οἶνον καλοῦσιν, οἷον Ὀρφεύς· 

a   Οἴνου δ’ ἀντὶ μιῆς τριπλῆν μετὰ ῥίζαν ἔθεντο·

καὶ πάλιν· 

b   Οἴνου πάντα μέλη κόσμωι λαβὲ καὶ μοι ἔνεικε·

καὶ αὖθις· 

c   Οἴνωι ἀγαιομένη κούρωι Διός.


“The theologians frequently call our lord Diónysos Wine, from his last gifts, such as when Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) says:

a   ‘But instead of Wine, in the place of one they assigned a triple root.’ 

and again: 

b   ‘Take hold of all the limbs of Wine in the universe and bring them to me.’

and again: 

c   ‘She was enraged at Wine, the son of Zefs (Ζεύς).’  

(trans. by the author) 

σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 406 c p. 109, 9 Pasqu.: 

ἐπειδὴ τοίνυν ἡ μεριστὴ δημιουργία πᾶσα τῆς Διονυσιακῆς ἐξήρτηται μονάδος, διαιροῦσα τοὺς μὲν μεθεκτοὺς ἐν τῶι κόσμωι νόας ἀπὸ τοῦ ὅλου νοῦ, τὰς δὲ πολλὰς ψυχὰς ἀπὸ τῆς μιᾶς, τὰ δ᾽ εἴδη τὰ αἰσθητὰ πάντα ἀπὸ τῶν οἰκείων ὁλοτήτων, διὰ δὴ τοῦτο καὶ αὐτὸν τὸν θεὸν Οἶνον προ<σ>ειρήκασιν οἱ θεολόγοι αὐτόν τε καὶ πάντα τὰ δημιουργήματα αὐτοῦ· πάντα γὰρ ἔκγονα τοῦ νοῦ, καὶ τὰ μὲν πορρώτερον τὰ δὲ ἐγγύτερον μετέχει τῆς μεριστῆς τοῦ νοῦ διανομῆς. ἀναλόγως οὖν ἐν τοῖς οὖσιν ὁ οἶνος ἐγγινόμενος ἐνεργεῖ, ἐν μὲν τῶι σώματι εἰδωλικῶς κατὰ οἴησιν καὶ φαντασίαν ψευδῆ, ἐν δὲ τοῖς νοεροῖς τὸ κατὰ νοῦν ἐνεργεῖν καὶ δημιουργεῖν, ἐπεὶ καὶ ἐν τῆι διασπαράξει τῶν Τιτάνων μόνη ἡ καρδία ἀδιαίρετος μεῖναι λέγεται, τουτέστιν ἡ ἀμερὴς τοῦ νοῦ οὐσία. 

“Whereas therefore, all particulate creation is dependent upon the Dionysian monad, differentiating partible intellects found in the universe from the universal mind, the many souls from the one, and all the sensible forms from familial universals. Because of this, the theologians address the God as Wine, himself and all his creations, for they all spring from intellect, even though some partake in it at more of a distance and some nearer from the divisible distribution of mind. Certainly, wine functions as an analog of the generation into existing things, indeed in the body symbolically, it follows opinion and false appearance, but in the intellectual realm following activity and creation through the intellect. Therefore, (in the story where) the Titans tear apart (Diónysos), they say that only the undivided heart remained, (this being) the impartible essence of mind.” (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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