ORPHIC FRAGMENT 97 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: In the cave (of Nyx) the Father (Phánîs) made (all things). 

97. (84) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος (I 312, 5 Diehl):  

κρεῖττον δὲ τοῦ ποιητικοῦ τὸ πατρικόν· διόπερ ἐν τοῖς μέσοις, εἰ καὶ ἄμφω καθ' ἑκάτερον, ἀλλὰ μᾶλλον μὲν πατὴρ ὁ πρότερος· ἔστι γὰρ πέρας τοῦ πατρικοῦ βυθοῦ (Kroll De orac. Chald. 18) καὶ ἡ πηγὴ τῶν νοερῶν· μᾶλλον δὲ ποιητὴς ὁ δεύτερος· ἔστι γὰρ μονὰς τῆς ὅλης δημιουργίας. ὅθεν, οἶμαι, καὶ ἐκεῖνος μὲν καλεῖται Μῆτις, οὗτος δὲ Μητιέτης, καὶ ὁρᾶται μὲν ἐκεῖνος, ὁρᾶι δὲ οὗτος, καὶ καταπίνεται μὲν ἐκεῖνος, ἐμφορεῖται δὲ οὗτος τῆς ἐκείνου δυνάμεως, καὶ ὅπερ ἐκεῖνος ἐν τοῖς νοητοῖς, τούτο οὗτος ἐν τοῖς νοεροῖς ἐστί· πέρας γὰρ ὃ μὲν τῶν νοητῶν, ὃ δὲ τῶν νοερῶν ἐστι θεῶν· καὶ περὶ ἐκείνου μέν φησιν Ὀρφεύς·

ταῦτα πατὴρ ποίησε κατὰ σπέος ἠεροειδές. 

“The paternal, however, is more excellent than the effective. Hence in the media, though both are in each, yet the former is more father than maker. For it is the boundary of the paternal depth, and the fountain of intellectuals. But the second is more maker than father. For it is the monad, of total fabrication. Hence I think the former is called Metis, but the latter Metietes. And the former indeed is seen, but the latter sees. The former also is absorbed, but the latter is replete with the power of the former. And what the former is in intelligibles, that the latter is in intellectuals. For the former is the boundary of the intelligible, but the latter of the intellectual Gods. Concerning the former likewise, Orpheus says, 

‘In a dark cavern these the father made.’ ” 

(trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820)

  

Cf. Kroll Chaldean Oracles 46.: 

ταῦτα πατὴρ ἐνόησε, βροτὸς δέ οἱ ἐψύχωτο 

“These things the father intended; the mortal was animated.” (trans. by the author)

  

ὕμνος Ὀρφέως 13.5 Κρόνου: 

αἰῶνος Κρόνε παγγενέτωρ 

“Oh, Krónos, father of life*” (trans. by the author) 

* αἰῶνος could be translated as “aeon,” “eternity,” etc.


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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