ORPHIC FRAGMENT 76 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Phánîs (Φάνης) has four eyes which look everywhere.

76. (64) σχόλιον Ἑρμείου επὶ Φαίδρου Πλάτωνος 246e (138, 11 Couvr.):

ἐπειδὴ δὲ ὁ δωδέκατος ἀριθμὸς ἐκ <τοῦ> τελείου ἀριθμοῦ τοῦ τρίτου καὶ τοῦ γενεσιουργοῦ τοῦ τετάρτου κατὰ σύγκρασιν ἀπεγεννήθη, ὅλον τὸν τῶν θεῶν περιέχων θεῖον διάκοσμον, τοῦ δὲ τρίτου καὶ τετάρτου ἀρχαὶ μονὰς καὶ δυάς, εἴη ἂν μονὰς μὲν ὁ Αἰθήρ, δυὰς δὲ τὸ Χάος, τριὰς δὲ τὸ ᾠόν ---τέλειον γάρ ἐστι---, τετρὰς δὲ ὁ Φάνης, ὡς καὶ Ὀρφεύς φησι·

τετράσιν ὀφθαλμοῖσιν ὁρώμενος ἔνθα καὶ ἔνθα.

"But since the 12th number, out of the perfect number of the third and the generation of the 4th, bring about that union, encompassing the whole divine order of the Gods, but from the 3rd and the 4th to the first cause, one and two; whereas one is Aithír (Αἰθήρ), two Kháos (Χάος), three the egg ---for it is perfect---, but four is Phánîs (Φάνης); and thus Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) said (of Phánîs):

“ ‘with four eyes gazing hither and thither.’ ” (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.


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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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