ORPHIC FRAGMENT 121 - OTTO KERN
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SUMMARY: Ouranós (Οὐρανὸς) hurls them  deep into the earth.
121. (97) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος 40e (III 185, 20 Diehl):
μᾶλλον δὲ πάντον οὐρανίων γενῶν τὰ μὲν μένει μόνον ἐν ταῖς ἀρχαῖς, ὥσπερ αἱ δύο πρῶται τριάδες --- ὡς γὰρ ἐνόησε, φησίν [sc. ὁ θεολόγος], αὐτοὺς ὁ Οὐρανὸς
ἀμείλχον ἦτορ ἔχοντας
καὶ φύσιν ἐκνομίην ᵕᵕ-ᵕᵕ-ᵕᵕ-ᵕ
ῥῖψε βαθὺν γαιης Τάρταρον.
κρύπτονται οὖν ἐν ἀφανεῖ δί ὑπεροχὴν δυνάμεως ---, τὰ δὲ καὶ μένει καὶ πρόεισιν, ὥσπερ ὁ Ὠκεανὸς καὶ ἡ Τηθύς· (sequitur fr. 135).
“...of all the celestial genera, some alone abide in their principles, as the two first triads.
‘For as soon as Heaven (Οὐρανὸς) understood that they  had an implacable heart and a lawless nature, he hurled them into Tartarus, the profundity of Earth.’ [says Orpheus].
“He concealed them therefore in the unapparent, through transcendency of power. But others both abide in, and proceed from their principles, as Ocean (Ὠκεανὸς) and Tethys (Τηθύς).” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816.)
 In his book The Orphic Poems (see p. 71) M. L. West sees this as referring to the Mírai (Μοῖραι), the Kýklôpæs (Κύκλωπες), and the Hundred-Handers (Ἑκατόγχειρες), but the passage from Próklos quoting this seems to be referring to the Titans who conspired against their father Ouranós, with Ôkæanós (Ὠκεανὸς) abstaining.
Θεογονία Ἡσιόδου 868:
ῥῖψε (sc. Ζεύς) δέ μιν (sc. Τυφωέα) θυμῶι ἀκαχὼν ἐς Τάρταρον εὐρύν.
“And in the bitterness of his anger Zeus cast him (Τυφωεύς) into wide Tartarus.”
(Hugh G. Evelyn-White, 1914)
Φερεκύδης τμῆμα 5 (Diels II3 204, 4):
κείνης δὲ τῆς μοίρας ἔνερθέν ἐστιν ἡ ταρταρίη μοῖρα· φυλάσσουσι δ' αὐτὴν θυγατέρες Βορέου Ἅρπυιαί τε καὶ Θύελλα· ἔνθα Ζεὺς ἐκβάλλει θεῶν, ὅταν τις ἐξυβρίσηι.
“(These words of Homer [likely Ἰλιὰς Ὁμήρου 8.13], he alleges, were so understood by Pherecydes, when he said that) beneath that region is the region of Tartarus, which is guarded by the Harpies and Tempest, daughters of Boreas, and to which Zeus banishes any one of the gods who becomes disorderly.”
(trans. Frederick Crombie, 1885)
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