ORPHIC FRAGMENT 36 - OTTO KERN

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36. Περί ευσέβειας Φιλοδήμου 44 p. 16, 1 Gomp. de triplici Bacchi ortu

<πρώτην τούτων τὴν ἐκ μ<ητρός>, ἑτέραν δὲ τ<ὴν ἐκτοῦ μηροῦ, <τρί>την δὲ τὴ<ν ὅτε δι>ασπασθεὶς ὑπὸ τῶν Τιτάνων Ῥέ<ας τὰμέλη συνθε<ίσηςἀνεβίω[ι]. καὶ <ἐνΜοψοπίαι δ' Εὐ<φορί>ω<ν (fr. 33 Scheidw.) >μολογεῖ <τού>τοις, <δ' Ὀρ<φεὺς ἐν Ἅιδουκαὶ πάντα <χρόνονἐνδιατρε<ίβειν>.

“The first of these out of the mother, whereas the latter from the thigh, and the third who was torn asunder by the Titans and the limbs that Rǽa assembled and brought back to life. And in Mopsopía (Attica, Μοψοπία) yet Efphoríôn (Εὐφορίων) is in agreement with this, and that also Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) lingered in Áïdîs (Hadês, Ἅιδης) the whole time.” (trans. by the author)

Prioris enuntiati suppl. fere omnia Gomperzius; posterior pars Wilamowitzio Herm. XXXIII 1898, 521 debetur excepto ἐνδιατρε<ίβειν> quod iam G. invenit. R. Philippson (v. Herm. LV 1920, 266) nunc per litteras mihi commendat κἀν <τῆι> Μοψοπίαι δ' Εὐ<φορί>ω<ν  ὁ>μολογεῖ <τού>τοις, <> δ' Ὀρ<φεὺς νέρθε> καὶ πάντα <χρόνον> ἐνδιατρε<ίβειν φησίν> vel δ' Ὀρ<φεὺς> καὶ πάντα <χρόνον> ἐν <Ἅιδου> διατρε<ίβειν sc. φησίν>.



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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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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