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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.

The Orphic Hymns include poems dedicated to far more deities than are mentioned in the Orphic fragments recovered by Otto Kern (See Orphic Cosmogony and Theogony). This would indicate that the original text of the Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony must have preserved origin-myths for many if not all of these deities and likely even more still than those who have hymns in our collection. Perhaps some day the world will have the good fortune to discover a complete text of the theogony in a hidden pottery such as had occurred with the Dærvǽni (Derveni; Gr. Δερβένι) Papyrus.


ORPHIC HYMN INDEX

ÁDOHNIS 56

ADONIS = ÁDOHNIS 56.

ÆKÁTI 1.

ÆRINÝÆS 69.

ÆLEFSINIAN DIMITIR = 
DIMÍTIR ÆLEFSINÍA 40.

ÆRMÍS 28.

ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

ǼROHS 58.

ÆSTÍA 84.

AIDONEUS = PLOUTOHN 18.

AITHÍR 5.

AIDIS = PLOUTOHN 18.

AIDONÉFS = PLOUTOHN 18.

AMPHIÆTOUS 53.

AMPHIETUS BACCHUS = AMPHIÆTOUS 53.

ANNUAL FEASTS, GOD OF THE = AMPHIÆTOUS 53.

APHRODÍTI 55.  

APOLLO = APÓLLOHN 34.

APÓLLOHN 34.

ARES = 
ÁRIS 65.

ÁRIS 65.

ÁRTÆMIS 36.

ARTEMIS = 
ÁRTÆMIS 36.

ASCLEPIUS = 
ASKLIPIÓS 67.

ASKLIPIÓS 67.

ASTRAPAIOS ZEUS = DI
ÓS ASTRAPAIOS 20.

ÁSTROHN 7.

ATHINÁ 32.

ÁDOHNIS 56.

AURORA = 
IÓHS 78.

BACCHUS = 
DIÓNYSOS 30.

BACCHUS PERICIONIUS = 
PÆRIKIÓNIOS 47.

BOREAS = 
VORǼAS 80.

CERES = 
DIMÍTIR ÆLEFSINÍA 40.

CERULIAN MOTHER = 
MÍTIR ANTAIA 41.

CHARITIES = GRACES = 
KHÁRITÆS 60.

CHTHONIC HERMES = 
ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

CLOUDS = 
NÆPHǼLAI 21.

CORYBAS = 
KORÝVAS 39.

CRONUS = KR
ÓNOS 13.

CUPID = ǼROHS 58.

CURETES = 
KOURÍTÆS I 31. or KOURÍTÆS II 38.

DAEMON = DAIMOHN 73.

DAIMOHN 73.

DAIMON = DAIMOHN 73.

DAWN = 
IÓHS 78.

DEATH = 
THÁNATOS 87.

DEMETER = 
DIMÍTIR ÆLEFSINÍA 40.

DEMETRA = 
DIMÍTIR ÆLEFSINÍA 40.

DIANA = 
ÁRTÆMIS 36.

DIKAIOSÝNI 63.

DIKE = 
DÍKI 62.

DÍKI 62.

DIMÍTIR ÆLEFSINÍA 40.

DIÓNYSOS 30.

DIONYSIUS BASSAREUS TRIENNALIS = 
DIÓNYSOS VASSARǼOHS 45.

DIÓNYSOS VASSARǼOHS 45.
 
DIÓS ASTRAPAIOS 20.

DREAMS = 
ÓNEIRI 86.

EARTH = YI 26.

EFMÆNÍDÆS 70.

ELEUSINIAN DEMETER = DIMITIR ÆLEFSINIA 40.

ERINYES = 
ÆRINÝÆS 69.

EROS = 
ǼROHS 58. 

EQUITY = 
DIKAIOSÝNI 63.

ESCULAPIUS = 
ASKLIPIÓS 67.

ETHER = AITHIR 5.

EUMENIDES = 
EFMÆNÍDÆS 70.

FATES = 
MÍRAI 59.

FIRE = AITHÍR 5.

FORTUNE = 
TÝKHI 72.

FURIES - See 
ÆRINÝÆS 69. and EFMÆNÍDÆS 70.

GAIA = YI 26.

GE = YI 26.

GRACES = 
KHÁRITÆS 60.

HADES = PLOUTOHN 18.

HEALTH = IYEIA 68.

HEAVEN = OURANÓS 4.

HECATE = ÆKÁTI 1.

HEPHAESTUS = 
ÍPHAISTOS 66.

HERA = IRA 16.

HERAKLES = 
IRAKLÍS 12.

HERCULES = 
IRAKLÍS 12.

HERMES = 
ÆRMÍS 28.

HERMES CHTHONIC = 
ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

HERMES TERRESTRIAL = 
ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

HESTIA = 
ÆSTÍA 84.

HIPTA = 
ÍPTA 49.

HORAI = 
ÓHRAI 43.

HYGEIA = IYEIA 68.

HYPNOS = 
ÝPNOS 85.  

ÍLIOS 8.

IÓHS 78.

ÍPHAISTOS 66.

IPPA = 
ÍPTA 49.

ÍPTA 49.

ÍRA 16.

IRAKLÍS 12. 

IYEIA 68.

JOVE, AUTHOR of LIGHTNING = DIÓS ASTRAPAIOS 20. 

JOVE, THUNDERING = 
KÆRAFNÓS DIÓS 19.

JUNO = 
ÍRA 16.

JUPITER = ZEFS  15.
 

JUSTICE = 
DÍKI 62. See also DIKAIOSÝNI 63.

KÆRAFNÓS DIÓS 19.

KHÁRITÆS 60.

KORYBAS = 
KORÝVAS 39.

KORÝVAS 39.

KOURETES = 
KOURÍTÆS I 31. or KOURÍTÆS II 38.

KOURÍTÆS I 31.

KOURÍTÆS II 38.

KRÓNOS 13.

LATONA = 
LITÓH 35.

LAW = 
NÓMOS 64.

LEFKOTHǼA 74.

LETO = 
LITÓH 35.

LEUCOTHEA = 
LEFKOTHǼA 74.

LEUKOTHEA = 
LEFKOTHǼA 74.

LICKNITUS BACCHUS = 
LIKNÍTIS 46.

LIKNÍTIS 46.

LITÓH 35.

LOVE = ÆROHS 58.

LYSIUS LENAEUS = LYSIOS-LINAIOS 50.

LYSIOS-LINAIOS 50.

MARS = 
ÁRIS 65.

MEILINÓÏ 71.

MELINOE = 
MEILINÓÏ 71.

MEMORY = MNIMOSÝNI 77.

MERCURY = 
ÆRMÍS 28.

MERCURY CHTHONIC = 
ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

MERCURY TERRESTRIAL = 
ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

MÍRAI 59.

MISE = 
MÍSA 42.

MÍSA 42.

M
ÍTIR ANTAIA 41.

MÍTIR THÆÓHN 27.

MNEMOSYNE = MNIMOSÝNI 77.

MNIMOSÝNI 77.

MOIRAI = 
MÍRAI 59.

MOON = 
SÆLÍNI 9.

MOTHER ANTAIA = 
MÍTIR ANTAIA 41.

MOTHER OF THE GODS = 
MÍTIR THÆÓHN 27.

MOUSAI 76.

MUSAIOS (ORPHEFS PROS MOUSAION) - This is the introduction, before Hymn No. 1 ÆK
ÁTI

MUSES = MOUSAI 76.

NǼMÆSIS 61.

NÆPHǼLAI 21.

NATURE = 
PHÝSIS 10.

NEMESIS = 
NǼMÆSIS 61.

NEPTUNE = POSEIDOHN 17.

NEREIDS = NIRI
ÏDÆS 24.

NEREUS = 
NIRÉFS 23.

NIGHT = NYX 3.

NIKE = 
NÍKI 33.

NÍKI 33.

NIRÉFS 23.

NEREIDS = NIRIÍDÆS 24.

NIRIÍDÆS 24.

NÓMOS 64.

NÓTOS 82.

NÝMPHAI 51.

NYMPHS = 
NÝMPHAI 51.

NYX 3.

OCEAN = 
OHKÆANÓS 83.

ÓHRAI 43.

OHKÆANÓS 83.

OKEANOS = 
OHKÆANÓS 83.

ÓNEIRI 86.

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

OURANÓS 4.

PALAEMON = PALAIMOHN 75.

PALAIMOHN 75.

PALLAS = 
ATHINÁ 32.

PAN 11.

PÆRIKIÓNIOS 47.

PÆRSÆPHÓNI 29.

PERIKIONIOS = 
PÆRIKIÓNIOS 47.

PERSEPHONE = 
PÆRSÆPHÓNI 29.

PHÝSIS 10.

PLOUTOHN 18.

PLUTO = PLOUTOHN 18.

POSEIDON = POSEIDÓHN 17.

POSEIDÓHN 17.

PROHTOGÓNOS 6.

PROSERPINE = PÆRSÆPH
ÓNI 29.

PROTÉFS 25.

PROTEUS = 
PROTÉFS 25.

PROTHYRAIA 2.

PROTOGONUS = 
PROHTOGÓNOS 6.

RǼA 14.

RHEA = RǼA 14.  

SABAZIUS = 
SAVÁZIOS 48.

SÆLÍNI 9.

SÆMǼLI 44.  

SATURN = 
KRÓNOS 13.

SAVÁZIOS 48.

SEA = THÁLASSA 22. 

SEASONS = ÓHRAI 43.

SEILINÓS, SÁTYROS, VÁKKHAI 54. 

SEMELE = SÆMǼLI 44.

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

SKY = OURANOS 4.

SLEEP = 
ÝPNOS 85.

SOUTH WIND = 
NÓTOS 82..

STARS = 
ÁSTROHN 7.

SUN = 
ÍLIOS 8.

TERRESTRIAL HERMES = 
ÆRMÍS KHTHÓNIOS 57.

TETHYS = TITHYS 22.

THǼMIS 79.

THÁLASSA 22.

THÁNATOS 87.

THEMIS = 
THǼMIS 79. 

TITÁNÆS 37.

TITANS = 
TITÁNÆS 37.

TRIENNIAL FEASTS, GOD OF THE = TRIETIRIKOS 52.

TRIETERICUS = TRIETIRIKOS 52.

TRIETIRIKOS 52.

TYCHE = 
TÝKHI 72.

TÝKHI 72.

VÁKKHOS = 
DIÓNYSOS 30.

VENUS = 
APHRODÍTI 55.

VESTA = 
ÆSTÍA 84.

VICTORY = N
ÍKI 33.

VULCAN = 
ÍPHAISTOS 66.

VORǼAS 80. 

WIND, NORTH = VORǼAS 80.

WIND, SOUTH = NÓTOS 82.

WIND, WEST = ZǼPHYROS 81.

YI 26.

ÝPNOS 85.

ZǼPHYROS 81.

ZEFS 15. 

ZEFS, ORPHIC RHAPSODIC HYMN TO 88.

ZEPHYRUS or ZEPHROS = 
ZǼPHYROS 81.

ZEUS = ZEFS 15.

ZEUS ASTRAPAIOS = DIÓS ASTRAPAIOS 20.

ZEUS, ORPHIC RHAPSODIC HYMN TO 88.

ZEUS THE THUNDERBOLT = 
KÆRAFNÓS DIÓS 19.

 

TRANSLATIONS OF THE ORPHIC HYMNS:

 Apostolos N. Athanassakis: http://www.amazon.com/Orphic-Hymns-Text-Translation-Notes/dp/0891301194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214151221&sr=1-1


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, coordinating the Taylor with the Athanassakis translation: 

HYMNS OF ORPHEUS TRANSLATED BY THOMAS TAYLOR INCLUDING THE ANCIENT GREEK


The Hymns of Orpheus by R.C. Hogart is currently very difficult to find.


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