ORPHIC FRAGMENT 85 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Mítis (Μῆτις) is identified with Phánîs (Φάνης).

85. (61) Kern. Ἑρμαϊκὰ XXIII 1888, 483 n. IV; Holwerda 308 (This quotation is frequently attributed to σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 31a (I 451, 6 Diehl), but that is incorrect; the quotation cannot be found in this commentary. It is due to a printing mistake in Kern.):

δαίμονα σεμνόν, Μῆτιν σπέρμα φέροντα θεών κλυτόν, ὅν τε Φάνητα πρωτόγονον μάκαρες κάλεον κατά μακρόν Ὄλυμπον

“Revered Goddess, Mítis (Μῆτις) bearing the seed of the glorious Gods, who was called Phánîs the firstborn (πρωτογόνος) by the happy ones (μάκαρες) above in Ólympos (Ὄλυμπος).” (trans. by the author)

compositum ex σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 31a (I 451, 6 Diehl):

ἀεὶ ἄπα τὸ δημιουργικὸν αἴτιον ὁμοιοῦται μὲν τῶι παραδειγματικῶι, πρόεισι δὲ εἰς πλῆθος ἀπὸ τῆς νοητῆς ἑνώσεως. Ταῦτα μὲν οὖν καὶ ἐν ἄλλοις. Ὅτι δὲ τὸ αὐτοζῶιον μονότητι καίρει, δεδήλωται καὶ διὰ τῶν Ὀρφικῶν θεολογιῶν· κύει γὰρ ὁ κατὰ τὸ ὠιὸν θεός, δηλονότι ζῶιον ἀφ' ἑαυτοῦ, καλεῖ δὲ ὅμως αὐτὸν

δαίμονα σεμνόν,

Μῆτιν σπέρμα φέροντα θεόκλυτον

“Hence, the demiurgic is always assimilated to the paradigmatic cause, but proceeds into multitude from intelligible union. These things, however, are also elsewhere discussed. But that the animal itself rejoices in onlyness, is also manifested through the Orphic theologies. For as Phanes is the offspring of an egg, it is evident that he is an animal. At the same time also, he is called by Orpheus

‘the happy and venerable

Metis, bearing the seed of the illustrious Gods’...”

(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; 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).


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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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