ORPHIC FRAGMENT 51 - OTTO KERN

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51. Pausanias Ἑλλάδος Περιήγησις Παυσανίου, Book 1 Αττική 14.3:

ἔπη δὲ ᾄδεται (Diels II3 182 n. 10) Μουσαίου μέν, εἰ δὴ Μουσαίου καὶ ταῦτα, Τριπτόλεμον παῖδα Ὠκεανοῦ καὶ Γῆς εἶναι, Ὀρφέως δέ, οὐδὲ ταῦτα Ὀρφέως ἐμοὶ δοκεῖν ὄντα, Εὐβουλεῖ καὶ Τριπτολέμῳ Δυσαύλην πατέρα εἶναι, μηνύσασι δέ σφισι περὶ τῆς παιδὸς δοθῆναι παρὰ Δήμητρος σπεῖραι τοὺς καρπούς·

“Some extant verses of Mousaios, if indeed they are to be included among his works, say that Triptolemos was the son of Oceanus and Earth; while those ascribed to Orpheus (though in my opinion the received authorship is again incorrect) say that Eubouleus and Triptolemos were sons of Dysaules, and that because they gave Demeter information about her daughter the sowing of seed was her reward to them.” (trans. W. H. S. Jones, 1918)

Schol. Aristides Panathenaic Oration 105, 11 p. 53 Dind. (Δημήτηρ) παρὰ Κελεοῦ καὶ Τριπτολέμου τὸν ἡρπαξότα μαθοῦσα μισθὸν αὐτοῖς ἀποδίδωσι τῆς μηνύσεως τὸν σῖτον. Κελεοῦ pro Δυσαύλου sicut fr. 49 vs. 105.

“(Δημήτηρ) together with Kælæós (Κελεός) and Triptólæmos (Τριπτόλεμος) this seizing of learning yields their own compensation (being) the “grain” of the acquisition of knowledge.”
(trans. by the author)

Lob. I 335; Dieterich Philolog. LII 1893, 2 n. 2 = Kl. Schr. 126 n. 2; Diels Festschr. Th. Gomperz 6; Malten Arch. Religionsw. XII 1909, 428. 434.



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