ORPHIC FRAGMENT 35 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Fragment 64 says the Orpheus conceived of many Gods in the interval between Time (Χρόνος) and Phánîs (Φάνης).


64. ἀπορίαι καὶ λύσεις περὶ τῶν πρώτων ἀρχῶν Δαμασκίου 111 (I 285, 7 Rue.):

θείος . οὐ πολλοὺς θεοῦς ὑφίστησιν ἀπὸ τοῦ Χρόνου μέχρι τοῦ πρωτογόνου Φάνητος; αὐτὸς δὲ πολυτίμητος ἡμῖν φιλόσοφος ὁ Πλάτων οὐχὶ τρία συμπεράσματα συμπεραίνεται ἐπὶ τοῦ ἑνὸς ὄντος·; ταὐτὸν δὲ εἰπεῖν͵ οὐ τρεῖς νοητὰς παραδίδωσι θείας τάξεις ἀλλήλων διαφερούσας; ὥστε ζητητέον ὅπως ταῦτα νοοῦντες οἵ τε θεοὶ καὶ οἱ θεῶν ἀγχίσποροι ἄνδρες παραδεδώκασιν· αὐτίκα τοῖς θεουργοῖς οἱ θεοὶ πῶς τὰς νοητὰς ἐκδεδώκασιν τριάδας; 

“Does not the divine Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) conceive many Gods from Time (Χρόνος) until Prôtógonos (Πρωτόγονος) Phánîs (Φάνης)? Does not the highly honored philosopher Plátôn draw three conclusions of being one? But saying the identical thing, does he not present logic of three divine ranks, each one differing (from others)? And so, therefore, one must seek in any way whatever those understandings and transmissions, both of the Gods and those men near in kin to Gods. Thus, for now, (the question is) in what way do the Gods impart the intelligible triads to the theurgists?” (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; Gr. 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; Gr. κιθάρα), the the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).


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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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