ORPHIC FRAGMENT 69 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Fragment 69 says that it can be gleaned from the Orphic stories that the world is a God.


69. σχόλιον Ἰωάννου Φιλοπόνου επί αϊδιότητος κόσμου επιχειρημάτων IX 4 p. 332, 19 Rabe:

ἀλλὰ ταῦτα μὲν ὡς πολλοῖς ἤδη τῶν ἡμετέρων ἀποδεδειγμένα παρίημι τοσοῦτον αὐτων ἐπιμνησθείς, ὡς δεῖξαι, ὅτι κἀνταῦθα τῇ τῶν μύθων ἀπάτῃ συνενεχθεὶς ὁ Πλάτων θεὸν εἶναι τὸν κόσμον ἐκ τῶν Ὀρφέως λαβὼν ἀπεφήνατο,

But for this, as already in many things that were proven by us, is to disregard so much of our very understanding, as I have explained, wherefore then from the deception of the myths, Plátôn says that the world (κόσμος) is a God, this from apprehension of those things which Orphéfs declared.(trans. by the author)

idem XVIII 7 P. 631, 25:

ὥστε, κἂν λέγῃ θεὸν εἶναι τὸν κόσμον, ἐκ τῶν Ὀρφικῶν λαβὼν | 632 Rabe Πλάτων τῇ των ποιητῶν συνηθείαι μυθικώτερον ἀκολουθήσας θεὸν αὐτὸν εἴρηκεν. 

Therefore, and if he says that the world is a God, from apprehending the Orphic stories, Plátôn here follows what the mythology says, created by the tradition of the poets, that it is a God.(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).


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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