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The following is an index to the Orphic Hymns, in alphabetical order. There are two commonly used translations of the hymns, one by Thomas Taylor and another by Apostolos Athanassakis. Unfortunately, neither translation has a usable contents page or index, making it difficult to find particular hymns. (The new 2013 edition of the Athanassakis/Wolkow now includes both a contents page and an index, but the older edition does not.) The following index replaces another which had been posted on this website for a number of years. This revised index is much simpler. It contains most of the different ways which have been used to title the hymns, identifying each hymn by number. It is not intended to be an index of the entire contents of the text, but it is simply a tool to enable someone to easily find a hymn to a particular deity by means of the title.  

For more information regarding the two translations, as well as links to download the hymns in both English and ancient Greek, visit this page: ORPHIC HYMNS - ΟΡΦΙΚΟΙ ΥΜΝΟΙ.

In the 1792 edition of Thomas Taylor translation of the Orphic Hymns, the hymns are numbered beginning with Prothyraia (Gr. Προθυραία), but the traditional numbering starts counting the hymn before this, the hymn to Ækáti (Hecate; Gr. Ἑκάτη), as the first hymn. Taylor retains this hymn as part of the beginning section entitled To Musaeus. Therefore, the 1792 Taylor edition always counts one numeral behind the traditional numbering. This numbering problem in the Taylor translation has been corrected with the Prometheus Trust 1994 publication entitled Hymns and Initiations, which includes all of Taylor's translations of the hymns with the more traditional numbering. The online versions that this author has encountered retain the older numbering. The index below uses the traditional numbering only.


ORPHIC HYMN INDEX

ÁDÔNIS 56

ÆKÁTΠ1. 

ÆRINÝÆS 69. 

ÆLEFSINIAN DÎMÎTÎR = DÎMÍTÎR ÆLEFSINÍA 40. 

ÆRMÍS 28. 

ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

ǼRÔS 58. 

ÆSTÍA 84. 

AIDONEUS = PLOUTÔN 18. 

AITHÍR 5. 

AIDIS = PLOUTÔN 18. 

AIDONÉFS = PLOUTÔN 18. 

AMPHIÆTOUS 53. 

AMPHIETUS BACCHUS = AMPHIÆTOUS 53. 

ANNUAL FEASTS, GOD OF THE = AMPHIÆTOUS 53. 

APHRODÍTΠ55.  

APOLLÔ = APÓLLÔN 34. 

APÓLLÔN 34. 

ARÊS = ÁRÎS 65. 

ÁRÎS 65. 

ÁRTÆMIS 36. 

ARTEMIS = ÁRTÆMIS 36. 

ASCLÊPIUS = ASKLÎPIÓS 67. 

ASKLÎPIÓS 67. 

ASTRAPAIOS ZEUS = ZEFS ASTRAPAIOS 20. 

ÁSTRÔN 7. 

ATHÎNÁ 32. 

ÁDÔNIS 56. 

AURORA = IÓHS 78. 

BACCHUS = DIÓNYSOS 30. 

BACCHUS PERICIONIUS = PÆRIKIÓNIOS 47. 

BOREAS = VORǼAS 80. 

CERES = DÎMÍTÎR ÆLEFSINÍA 40. 

CERULIAN MOTHER = MÍTÎR ANTAIA 41. 

CHARITIES = GRACES = KHÁRITÆS 60. 

CHTHONIC HERMÊS = ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

CLOUDS = NÆPHǼLAI 21. 

CORYBAS = KORÝVAS 39. 

CRONUS = KRÓNOS 13.

CUPID = ǼRÔS 58.

CURETES = KOURÍTÆS 1 31. or KOURÍTÆS 2 38. 

DAIMÔN 73. 

DAWN = IÓHS 78. 

DEATH = THÁNATOS 87. 

DÊMÊTÊR = DÎMÍTÎR ÆLEFSINÍA 40. 

DIANA = ÁRTÆMIS 36. 

DIKAIOSÝNI 63. 

DIKÊ = DÍKΠ62. 

DÍKΠ62. 

DÎMÍTÎR ÆLEFSINÍA 40. 

DIÓNYSOS 30. 

DIONYSIUS BASSAREUS TRIENNALIS = DIÓNYSOS VASSARǼÔS TRIÆTÎRIKÓS 45. 

DIÓNYSOS VASSARǼÔS TRIÆTÎRIKÓS 45. 
 
DIÓS ASTRAPAIOS 20. 

DREAMS = ÓNEIRI 86. 

EARTH = YI 26. 

ELEUSINIAN DEMETER = DÎMÍTÎR ÆLEFSINÍA  40. 

ERINYES = ÆRINÝÆS 69. 

EROS = ǼRÔS 58. 

EQUITY = DIKAIOSÝNΠ63. 

ESCULAPIUS = ASKLÎPIÓS 67. 

ETHÊR = AITHÍR 5. 

EUMENIDES = EVMÆNÍDÆS 70.

EVMÆNÍDÆS 70.  

FATES = MÍRAI 59.

FIRE = AITHÍR 5.

FORTUNE = TÝKHΠ72. 

FURIES - See ÆRINÝÆS 69. and EVMÆNÍDÆS 70. 

GAIA = YÎ 26. 

GÊ = YÎ 26. 

GRACES = KHÁRITÆS 60. 

HADES = PLOUTÔN 18. 

HEALTH = Yyeia 68. 

HEAVEN = OURANÓS 4. 

HECATE = ÆKÁTΠ1. 

HÊPHAESTUS = ÍPHAISTOS 66. 

HÊRA = ÍRA 16. 

HÊRAKLES = ÎRAKLÍS 12. 

HERCULES = ÎRAKLÍS 12. 

HERMÊS = ÆRMÍS 28. 

HERMÊS CHTHONIC = ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

HERMÊS TERRESTRIAL = ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

HESTIA = ÆSTÍA 84. 

HIPTA = ÍPTA 49. 

HORAI = ÓHRAI 43. 

HYGEIA = Yyeia 68. 

HYPNOS = ÝPNOS 85.  

ÍLIOS 8. 

IÓHS 78. 

ÍPHAISTOS 66. 

IPPA = ÍPTA 49. 

ÍPTA 49. 

ÍRA 16. 

ÎRAKLÍS 12. 

JOVE, AUTHOR of LIGHTNING = ZEFS ASTRAPAIOS 20. 

JOVE, THUNDERING = KÆRAFNÓS ZEFS 19.

JUNO = ÍRA 16. 

JUPITER = ZEFS 15.  

JUSTICE = DÍKΠ62. See also DIKAIOSÝNΠ63. 

KÆRAFNÓS ZEFS 19. 

KHÁRITÆS 60. 

KORYBAS = KORÝVAS 39. 

KORÝVAS 39. 

KOURÊTES = KOURÍTÆS I 31. or KOURÍTÆS II 38. 

KOURÍTÆS I 31. 

KOURÍTÆS II 38. 

KRÓNOS 13. 

LATONA = LÎTÓH 35. 

LAW = NÓMOS 64. 

LEFKOTHǼA 74. 

LÊTO = LÎTÓH 35. 

LEUCOTHEA = LEFKOTHǼA 74. 

LEUKOTHEA = LEFKOTHǼA 74. 

LICKNITUS BACCHUS = LIKNÍTIS 46. 

LIKNÍTIS 46. 

LÎTÓH 35. 

LOVE = ǼRÔS 58. 

LYSIUS LENAEUS = LÝSIOS-LINAIOS 50. 

LÝSIOS-LINAIOS 50. 

MARS = ÁRÎS 65. 

MEILINÓÏ 71. 

MELINOÊ = MEILINÓÏ 71.

MEMORY = MNÎMOSÝNΠ77.

MERCURY = ÆRMÍS 28. 

MERCURY CHTHONIC = ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

MERCURY TERRESTRIAL = ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

MÍRAI 59. 

MISE = MÍSA 42. 

MÍSA 42. 

MÍTÎR ANTAIA 41. 

MÍTÎR THÆÓHN 27. 

MNÊMOSYNÊ = MNÎMOSÝNΠ77. 

MNÎMOSÝNΠ77. 

MOIRAI = MÍRAI 59. 

MOON = SÆLÍNΠ9. 

MOTHER ANTAIA = MÍTÎR ANTAIA 41. 

MOTHER OF THE GODS = MÍTÎR THÆÓHN 27. 

MOUSAI 76. 

MUSAIOS (ORPHÉFS TO MOUSAIOS) - This is the introduction, before Hymn No. 1 ÆKÁTΠ

MUSES = MOUSAI 76. 

NǼMÆSIS 61. 

NÆPHǼLAI 21. 

NATURE = PHÝSIS 10. 

NEMESIS = NǼMÆSIS 61. 

NEPTUNE = POSEIDÓHN 17. 

NÊRÊIDS = NÎRÎÍDÆS 24. 

NÊREUS = NÎRÉFS 23. 

NIGHT = NYX 3. 

NIKÊ = NÍKΠ33. 

NÍKΠ33. 

NÎRÉFS 23. 

NÊRÊIDS = NÎRÎÍDÆS 24. 

NÎRÎÍDÆS 24. 

NÓMOS 64. 

NÓTOS 82. 

NÝMPHAI 51. 

NYMPHS = NÝMPHAI 51. 

NYX 3. 

OCEAN = ÔKÆANÓS 83. 

ÓHRAI 43. 

ÔKÆANÓS 83. 

ÓNEIRI 86. 

ORPHEUS TO MOUSAIOS - This is the introduction, before Hymn No. 1 ÆKATΠ

OURANÓS 4. 

PALAEMÔN = PALAIMÔN 75. 

PALAIMÔN 75. 

PALLAS = ATHÎNÁ 32. 

PAN 11. 

PÆRIKIÓNIOS 47. 

PÆRSÆPHÓNΠ29. 

PERIKIONIOS = PÆRIKIÓNIOS 47. 

PERSEPHONÊ = PÆRSÆPHÓNΠ29. 

PHÝSIS 10. 

PLOUTOHN 18. 

PLUTO = PLOUTÔN 18. 

POSEIDÔN = POSEIDÓHN 17. 

POSEIDÓHN 17. 

PRÔTOGÓNOS 6. 

PROSERPINE = PÆRSÆPHÓNÎ 29. 

PROTÉFS 25. 

PROTEUS = PROTÉFS 25. 

PROTHYRAIA 2. 

PRÔTOGONUS = PRÔTOGÓNOS 6. 

RǼA 14. 

RHEA = RǼA 14.  

SABAZIUS = SAVÁZIOS 48. 

SÆLÍNΠ9. 

SÆMǼLΠ44.  

SATURN = KRÓNOS 13.

SAVÁZIOS 48.

SEA = THÁLASSA 22. 

SEASONS = ÓHRAI 43. 

SEILINÓS, SÁTYROS, VÁKKHAI 54. 

SEMELÊ = SÆMǼLΠ44.

SILENUS, SATYRUS, AND THE PRIESTESSES OF BACCHUS = SEILINÓS, SÁTYROS, VÁKKHAI 54. 

SKY = OURANÓS 4. 

SLEEP = ÝPNOS 85. 

SOUTH WIND = NÓTOS 82. 

STARS = ÁSTRÔN 7. 

SUN = ÍLIOS 8. 

TERRESTRIAL HERMÊS = ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57. 

TÊTHYS = TÎTHYS 22. 

THǼMIS 79. 

THÁLASSA 22. 

THÁNATOS 87. 

THEMIS = THǼMIS 79. 

TITÁNÆS 37. 

TITANS = TITÁNÆS 37. 

TRIENNIAL FEASTS, GOD OF THE = TRIÆTIRIKÓS 52. 

TRIETERICUS = TRIÆTÎRIKÓS 52. 

TRIÆTÎRIKÓS 52. 

TYCHÊ = TÝKHΠ72. 

TÝKHΠ72. 

VÁKKHOS = DIÓNYSOS 30. 

VENUS = APHRODÍTΠ55. 

VESTA = ÆSTÍA 84. 

VICTORY = NÍKÎ 33. 

VULCAN = ÍPHAISTOS 66. 

VORǼAS 80. 

WIND, NORTH = VORǼAS 80.

WIND, SOUTH = NÓTOS 82.

WIND, WEST = ZǼPHYROS 81.

YÎ 26.

ÝPNOS 85. 

ZǼPHYROS 81. 

ZEFS 15.

ZEFS ASTRAPAIOS 20. 

ZEFS ORPHIC RHAPSODIC 88.

ZEPHYRUS or ZEPHROS = ZǼPHYROS 81. 

ZEUS = ZEFS 15. 

ZEUS ORPHIC RHAPSODIC 88.

ZEUS THE THUNDERBOLT = KÆRAFNÓS ZEFS 19. 

ZEUS ASTRAPAIOS = ZEFS ASTRAPAIOS 20.

 

TRANSLATION OF THE ORPHIC HYMNS WITH THE ANCIENT GREEK TEXT:

Thomas Taylor's translation is out of copyright and available free here. This version places one hymn on each page so that you can print them out and remove only those hymns that you wish to use in a particular ritual. This file also includes the ancient Greek text and a complete index. The ancient Greek text we are using was copied directly from a facsimile of the 1818 book entitled: ORPHICA. NOVA EDITIO ACCVRATA IN VSVM PRAELECTIONVM ACADEMICARVM ET SCHOLARVM.

The Orphic Hymns in ancient Greek with an English translation by Thomas Taylor


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