ORPHIC FRAGMENT 14 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 14 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: This fragment consists of several Orphic quotations about the “sixth age.”

14. (34) Φίληβος Πλάτωνος 66 c:

‘Ἕκτηι δ᾽ ἐν γενεᾶι,’

φησὶν Ὀρφεύς,

‘καταπαύσατε κόσμον ἀοιδῆς’.

ἀτὰρ κινδυνεύει καὶ ὁ ἡμέτερος λόγος ἐν ἕκτηι καταπεπαυμένος εἶναι κρίσει.

“And now, as Orpheus says,

‘With the sixth generation cease the glory of my song.’

“Here, at the sixth award, let us make an end; all that remains is to set th crown on our discourse.”

(trans. Benjamin Jowett, 1892)

Ἠθικὰ Πλουτάρχου· 27. Περὶ τοῦ εἶ τοῦ έν Δελφοῖς p. 391 d:

πέμπτον εἴ τις ἡδονὴ καθαρὰ καὶ πρὸς τὸ λυποῦν ἄκρατος, ἐνταῦθα λήγει τὸ Ὀρφικὸν ὑπειπών·

ἕκτηι δ᾽ ἐν γενεῆι καταπαύσατε θεσμὸν ἀοιδῆς.

“(Now some one, said he, being persuaded of these things and seeing them before Plato, consecrated to the God two E E, for a mark and symbol of the number of all things. And having perhaps further understood that good also appears in five kinds, of which the first is the mean, the second the commensurate, the third understanding, the fourth the sciences, arts, and true opinions in the soul,) and the fifth a certain pleasure, pure and unmixed with sorrow; he stops there, subjoining that of Orpheus:

‘In the sixth age stay your desire of singing.’ ”

(trans. various scholars. Corrected and revised by. William W. Goodwin, 1874.)

σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Πολιτείας Πλάτωνος II 100, 23 Kr.:

‘Ἕκτηι δ’ ἐν γενεῆι’

φησὶν Ὀρφεύς, τοὺς δημίους τοὺς κοσμικούς, οἳ τοὺς τυραννικῶς βεβιωκότας ἄγριοί τινες ὄντες καὶ ἀπαραίτητοι κολάζουσι διαλαμβάνοντες· οἷς ὑπέστρωται τὰ τῆς τείσεως δεσμωτήρια καὶ τὸ ἔσχατον και φρικωδέστατοντῶν ψυχῶν οἰκητήριον καὶ κολαστήριον ὁ Τάρταρος.

“ ‘In the sixth age,’

says Orphéfs. The peoples of the world, being savages living tyrannically, while the inexorable overseers are punishing, each seizing his share. These (souls) strewn below, pay a penalty in prisons, both the lowest and most horrible dwelling places of souls, for (this is) Tártaros, the house of correction.

(trans. by the author)

Laudat ‘ἕκτηι δ’ ἐν γενεᾶι’ vel simile saepius Ἀπορίαι καὶ λύσεις περὶ τῶν πρώτων ἀρχῶν εἰς τὸν Πλάτωνος Παρμενίδην Δαμασκίου 53 (I 107, 23 Rue.), 199 (II 80, 15), 253 (II 123, 5), 278 (II 150, 6):

ἕκτον τοίνυν, πῶς καὶ κατ’ Ὀρφέα καὶ κατὰ τὰ λόγια τῆς ζωιογόνου θεοῦ ἐξῆπται ἡ φύσις, 381 (II 231, 26).

“Sixth therefore; how so, both in Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς) and the Oracles, is nature attached from the generative Goddess?”

(trans. by the author)

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.

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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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