ORPHIC FRAGMENT 47 - OTTO KERN

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For links to many more fragments: The Orphic Fragments of Otto Kern.

SUMMARY: This consists of a fragmentary hymn to various deities, but mostly to Zefs (Ζεύς), reconstructed from a golden tablet. 

I. Carmen Siculum

servatum in lamella aurea

47. Lamella aurea Thuriis in agro Sybaritico a. 1879 inventa, nunc in museo Neapolitano s. III-IV a. Chr. n. (cf. fr. 32 c-f) Edd. Murray ap. Harrison Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion 1903, 665 IV; Comparetti 10; Diels Festschr. Th. Gomperz 1902, 1; Vorsodrat. II3 177 n. 21; Olivieri 22 d cum imagine 28. 

Titulum difficillimum ex Dielesii (Vorsokr.) restitutione aliorum tentaminibus, quae Olivieri congessit, examinatis denuo edere e re esse mihi visum est Quae Comparetti de hoc exemplo τῶν λεγομένων ἀπορρήτων sectae Orphicae conicere sibi visus est, silentio praeterire malo (v. etiam O. Gruppe Berl. philol. Wochenschrift 1912, 103); sed et ea, quae nuper Ol. suo Marte protulit, hic fusius exponere non licet, cum ipse restitutionem suam commendare vix videatur. Attamen bibliopolarum Bonnensium permissu liberali reddidi exemplar quod Ol. confecit; sequitur p. 118 Dielesii ingeniosa restitutio, quam omnibus numeris absolutam esse vir summus ipse cautissime negavit.

πρατογόνωι Γῆι ματρὶ ἔφη Κυβελήϊα Κόρρα·
. . . . Δήμητρος . . . πανόπτα Ζεῦ . . . . . . . .
῞Ηλιε Πῦρ διὰ πάντ᾿ ἄστη νίσεαι, ὅτε Νίκαις
ἠδὲ Τύχαις ἐφάνης
<καὶ ὁμοῦ> παμμήστορι Μοίραι,
τῆι τοι γάννυα πιαίνεις τῆι σῆι, κλυτὲ δαῖμον,
δεσποτείαι· τὶν πάντα δαμαστά
, <τὰ> πάντα κρατυντά,
ἐμβρόντητα δὲ πάντα·
<τὰ> Μοίρης τλητέα πάντη.
μητέρι Πῦρ μέν μ᾿ ἆγ[ε], εἰ νῆστις οἶδ᾿
<ὑπομεῖναι>,
ἑπτά τε νῆστιν νυξὶν ἢ μεθ᾿ ἡμέραν (?) ἐλινύεν.
ἑπτῆμαρ τὶν νῆστις ἔην, Ζεῦ Ὀλύμπιε καὶ πανόπτα
῞Αλιε . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

“To Protogónos, to Mother Earth, as it is said at the Temple of Kyvǽlî (Κυβέλη)
. . . . and of Demetra . . .Oh all-seeing Zefs (Ζεύς)! . . . . . . .
Oh Sun! Oh Fire! You come through every star! when you make Victory (Νίκη)
and Fortune (Τύχη) appear, and together with the overseeing Fates (Μοίραι)!
you increase your joys for thine, oh glorious daimon,
with the power of a master! Subduer of all! Ruler of all!
All-thunder-striking! All that which must be endured of Fate.
Indeed, come Mother, Fire! If we abide in our fasting,
seven days at night along with the days to rest.
To be fasting seven days; Oh all-seeing Olýmbios (Ὀλύμπιος) Zefs,
Oh Sun! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
” (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.


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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