ORPHIC FRAGMENT 96 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: The Sun rules over all and that Phánîs (Φάνης) is the creator (δηµιουργὸς). 

96. (79) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 41c (III 227, 31 Diehl): 

τοῦτον (sc. Ἥλιον) γάρ ἐπέστησε τοῖς ὅλοις ὁ δημιουγός (sc. Φάνις)· 

καὶ φύλακ' αὐτὸν ἔτευξε κέλευσέ τε πᾶσιν ἀνάσσειν, 

ὥς φησιν Ὀρφεύς

“For the Demiurgus gave him (the Sun) dominion over wholes, fabricated him as a guardian, and ordered him, as Orpheus says, 

‘. . . O’er all to rule.’ ”

(trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820)

 

Herm. XXV p. 485; Lob. I 497; Holwerda 308 contra quem ad Iovem versum referentem affero σχόλιον σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 28 c (I 306, 10 Diehl): 

τούτους οὖν τοὺς τρεῖς νόας καὶ δημιουργοὺς ὑποτίθεται (sc. Ἀμέλιος) καὶ τοὺς παρὰ τῶι Πλάτωνι (Τίμαιος Πλάτωνος 40 e) τρεῖς βασιλέας καὶ τοὺς παῥ Ὀρφεῖ τρεῖς, Φάνητα καὶ Οὐρανὸν καὶ Κρόνον, καὶ ὁ μάλιστα παρ’ αὐτῶι δηµιουργὸς ὁ Φάνης ἐστίν. 

“He (Ἀμέλιος) supposes, therefore, that there are these three intellects and Demiurgi, and says that with Plato there are three kings, and with Orpheus also three, Phanes, Heaven (Οὐρανός), and Saturn (Κρόνος). And he who, according to him, is especially the Demiurgus, is Phanes.” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820)

  

et in σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος  30 a (I 390, 6 Diehl):

δέ γε Πλάτων Ὀρφεῖ συνεπόμενος ἐν τῶι δημιουργῶι πρῶτον εἶναι φησι τὴν τάξιν καὶ τὸ πρὸ τῶν μερῶν ὅλον.

“But Plato following Orpheus, says, that order is first in the Demiurgus, and the whole prior to parts.” (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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