ORPHIC FRAGMENT 83 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) calls Ǽrôs (Ἔρως) both a great daimôn and Mítis (Μῆτις). 

83. (70) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Ἀλκιβιάδου αʹ Πλάτωνος 103 a p. 376, 10 Cous.: μέγαν 

καὶ μοι δοκεῖ καὶ ὁ Πλάτων εὑρὼν παρ’ Ὀρφεῖ τὸν αὐτὸν τοῦτον θεὸν καὶ Ἔρωτα καὶ δαίμονα (v. fr. 85) ἀποκαλούμενον, ἀνυμνῆσαι καὶ αὐτὸς ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἔρωτος τὸν τοιοῦτον ὕμνον· περὶ μὲν γὰρ τοῦ νοητοῦ νοῦ λέγων ὁ θεολόγος 

ἁβρὸς Ἔρως --- φησὶ --- καὶ Μῆτις ἀτάσθαλος 

καὶ πάλιν·

οἶσιν ἐπεμβεβαὡς δαίμων μέγας αἰὲν ἐπ’ ἴχνη·

“And they suppose also that Plátôn (Πλάτων), finding that from Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) this same God is called both Ǽrôs (Ἔρως) and a great daimôn, he (Πλάτων) celebrated praise of Ǽrôs such as this. Indeed, concerning the intelligible intellect, the theologian is saying, 

‘pretty Ǽrôs and proud Mítis (Μῆτις)’ 

 “and again, 

‘the great daimôn is treading always near the footprints (of the Gods) [1].’ ”

(trans. by the author) 

NOTE: 

[1] In ancient times, impressions of footprints where given as votive offerings, the footprints indicating the presence of deity.

  

ὕμνος Ὀρφέως 52.10 Τριετηρικοῦ: 

οὐρεσιφοῖτα, κερώς, νεβριδοστόλος, ἀμφιέτηρε, 

“haunting the mountains, horned, adorned with the skin of a fawn, and worshipped in feasts every year!”

(trans. by the author)

   

cf. R. Keydell Quaest. metr. de epicis Graec. recent. diss. Berlin 1911, 30 et Ludwich Berl. phil. Wochenschr. 1912, 1339) Ευχή προς Μουσαίον 31: 

Δαίμονά τ' ἠγάθεον καὶ Δαίμονα πήμονα θνητῶν,
Δαίμονας οὐρανίους τε καὶ ἠερίους καὶ ἐνύδρους κτλ.


“Most holy Daimôn, the Daimôn destroyer of mortality,
Heavenly Daimôn, aithirial, with an abundance of water.”

(trans. by the author)

  

et ὕμνος Ὀρφέως 73.1 Δαίμονος: 

Δαίμονα κικλήσκω, μεγάλων (μεγάλαν codd.) εὐηγήτορα φρικτόν. κτλ. 

“I call upon the Daimôn, the vast and awful pure 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.


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