ORPHIC FRAGMENT 234 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: This fragment, taken out of context, criticizes bad women. 

234. (264) Λόγος Στρώματα Κλήμεντος του Ἀλεξανδρέως VI 2, 5. 3 (II 424, 22 Staeh.):

Ὀρφέως τοίνυν ποιήσαντος· 

ὣς οὐ κύντερον ἦν καὶ ῥίγιον ἄλλο γυναικός 

Ὅμηρος (Ὀδύσσεια Ὁμήρου λ 427) ἄντικρυς λέγει· ὣς οὐκ αἰνότερον καὶ κύντερον ἄλλο γυναικός. 

“Orpheus, then, having composed the line: 

‘Since nothing else is more shameless and wretched than woman,’ 

“Homer plainly says: ‘Since nothing else is more dreadful and shameless than a woman.’ ”
(trans. William Wilson, 1885)
 

Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι Ἡσιόδου 702: 

(παρθενικὴν δὲ γαμεῖν, ὥς κ᾽ ἤθεα κεδνὰ διδάξῃς.
τὴν δὲ μάλιστα γαμεῖν, ἥ τις σέθεν ἐγγύθι ναίει,
πάντα μάλ᾽ ἀμφιιδών, μὴ γείτοσι χάρματα γήμηις.
)

702: οὐ μὲν γάρ τι γυναικὸς ἀνὴρ ληίζετ᾽ ἄμεινον
τῆς ἀγαθῆς, τῆς δ᾽ αὖτε κακῆς οὐ ῥίγιον ἄλλο,


(δειπνολόχης· ἥτ᾽ ἄνδρα καὶ ἴφθιμόν περ ἐόντα
εὕει ἄτερ δαλοῖο καὶ ὠμῶι γήραϊ δῶκεν.
)

“(Marry a maiden, so that you can teach her careful ways, and especially marry one who lives near you, but look well about you and see that your marriage will not be a joke to your neighbors.)

702: “For a man wins nothing better than a good wife, 
and, again, nothing worse than a bad one,

“(a greedy soul who roasts her man without fire, strong though he may be, and brings him to a raw1 old age.)” 
(trans. Hugh G. Evelyn-White, 1914)


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