ORPHIC FRAGMENT 101 - OTTO KERN
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SUMMARY: Nyx receives the scepter from Phánîs.
101. (86) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 396b (54, 21 Pasqu.):
ἦ ὅτι τῆς βασιλικῆς τῶν θεῶν σειρᾶς ἀρχομένης μὲν ἀπὸ Φάνητος, καταντώσης δ᾽ εἰς τὸν δεσπότην ἡμῶν τὸν Διόνυσον καὶ τὸ αὐτὸ σκῆπτρον ἄνωθεν ἄχρι τῆς ἐσχάτης βασιλείας προαγούσης, μόνος ὁ Κρόνος, τὴν τετάρτην βασιλικὴν τάξιν κληρωσάμενος, παρὰ πάντας τοὺς ἄλλους ὑβριστικῶς δοκεῖ κατὰ τὸ μυθικὸν πρόσχημα προσδέχεσθαι καὶ ἐκ τοῦ Οὐρανοῦ τὸ σκῆπτρον καὶ μεταδιδόναι τῷ Διί· καὶ γὰρ ἡ Νὺξ παρ᾽ ἑκόντος αὐτὸ λαμβάνει τοῦ Φάνητος· | 55 Pasqu.
σκῆπτρον δ' ἀριδείκετον εἷο χέρεσσιν θῆκε θεᾶς Νυκτὸς ἑκούσης ὑποδέχεται τὴν ἐπικράτειαν τῶν ὅλων.
καὶ ὁ Οὐρανὸς παρὰ τῆς Νυκτὸς ἑκούσης ὑποδέχεται τὴν ἐπικράτειαν τῶν ὅλων.
“Wherefore the kingly lineage of Gods begins in truth from Phanes, coming down to our lord Dionysos, and advancing the same scepter from on high even to the furthermost dominion; only Kronos, allotted the fourth kingly rank, beside all the others (received it) in a wanton manner, as imagined in the mythic pretext, and (receives) from Ouranós the scepter and transmits to thus Zefs; for Nyx takes it of herself from Phánîs (who yields it) purposely.
‘He laid his glorious staff in the hands of the Goddess Nyx, that she receive the entire dominion.’
“And from the free will of Nyx, Ouranós received dominion of the universe.”
(trans. by the author)
Ad. vs. 2 cf. Θεογονία Ἡσιόδου 461:
........ ἵνα μή τις ἀγαυῶν Οὐρανιώνων
ἄλλος ἐν ἀθανάτοισιν ἔχοι βασιληίδα τιμήν.
“........ that no other of the proud sons of Heaven
should hold the kingly office amongst the deathless Gods.”
(trans. Hugh G. Evelyn-White, 1914)
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