ORPHIC FRAGMENT 73 - OTTO KERN

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

SUMMARY: Phánîs (Φάνης), the son of Aithír (Αἰθήρ), is identical with Prôtogónos (Πρωτογόνος), and Phaǽthôn (Φαέθων).

73. (57) Lactantius, Institutiones Divinae I, 5, 4-6 p. 13, 13 Brandt.: 

Orpheus, qui est vetustissimus poetarum, et aequalis ipsorum deorum, siquidem traditur inter Argonautas cum Tyndaridis et Hercule navigasse, deum verum et magnum, πρωτόγονον, appellat, quod ante ipsum nihil sit genitum, sed ab ipso sint cuncta generata. eundem etiam Φάνητα nominat, quod cum adhuc nihil esset, primus ex infinito apparuerit et extiterit. cuius originem atque naturam quia concipere animo non poterat, ex aëre immenso natum esse dixit:

Πρωτόγονος Φαέθων περιμήκεος Αἰθέρος υἱός.

“Orpheus, who is the most ancient of the poets, and coeval (contemporary) with the Gods themselves — since it is reported that he sailed among the Argonauts together with the sons of Tyndarus and Hercules, — speaks of the true and great God as the first-born, because nothing was produced before Him, but all things sprung from Him. He also calls Him Phanes because when as yet there was nothing, He first appeared and came forth from the infinite. And since he was unable to conceive in his mind the origin and nature of this Being, he said that He was born from the boundless air:” (trans. William Fletcher, 1886)

 “ ‘First-born Phaǽthôn, son of towering Aithír.’ ” (trans. JVK)



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).


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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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