ORPHIC FRAGMENT 74 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: (Phánîs [Φάνης] is called) the beautiful son of Aithír [Αἰθήρ] and pretty [ἁβρὸς] Ǽrôs [Ἔρως].

74. (58) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 31 a (I 433, 31 Diehl):

διὸ καὶ παρ’ Ὀρφεῖ κατὰ ταύτην τὴν |434 Diehl τάξιν νοερῶς ἐκφαίνεται, ὡς τοῦ κάλλους ἤδη προόντος ἐν τοῖς νοητοῖς τοῖς πρώτοις ἡνωμένως καὶ συνεχῶς ὁ Φάνης

περικαλλέος Αἰθέρος υἱὸς

ὀνομάζεται καὶ

ἁβρὸς Ἔρως (fr. 83),

ὅτι δὴ τῆς κρυφίου καὶ ἀρρήτου καλλονῆς πρῶτος οὗτος ὁ θεὸς πεπλήρωται. διὸ κάλλιστος ὀνομάζεται, τῶν μετεχόντων τὸ πρώτιστον ὄ, καὶ εἰ πάντα τὰ νοητὰ ἥνωται ἀλλήλοις· οὐ γὰρ δεῖ διαιρεῖν αὐτὰ τοῦτον τὸν τρόπον ἀπ' ἀλλήλων, ὃν τὰς νοερὰς τάξεις, ἀλλὰ μίαν αὐτῶν καὶ ἀδιαίρετον τὴν ἕνωσιν θεωρεῖν.

“And as beauty had prior existence in the first intelligibles, unitedly and without intermission, hence Phanes is called by Orpheus,

‘the very beautiful son of Ether,’

and

‘delicate Love (Ἔρως).’

Because therefore, this God is the first that is filled with occult and ineffable beauty (κρυφίου καὶ ἀρρήτου καλλονῆς), hence also he is denominated most beautiful, being the first of participants, though all intelligibles are united to each other. For it is not proper to divide them from each other, after the same manner as the intellectual orders, but survey one and an indivisible union of them. (These things therefore, are beautifully asserted [by Orpheus and Plato].”

(trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820)


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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