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SUMMARY: Nyx (Νύξ) advises Zefs (Ζεύς) to surround everything with a strong bond, fitting a golden chain from the aithír (αἰθήρ).

166. (122) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Τιμαίου Πλάτωνος I 28c (II 24, 23 Diehl):

καὶ οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ κρατερὸς δεσμός, ὥς φησιν ὁ θεολόγος, διὰ πάντων τεταμένος καὶ ὑπὸ τῆς χρυσῆς σειρᾶς συνεχόμενος· ἐπ' αὐτῶι γὰρ ὁ Ζεὺς τὴν χρυσῆν ὑφίστησι σειρὰν κατὰ τὰς ὑποθήκας τῆς Νυκτός (v. fr. 160)·

αὐτὰρ ἐπὴν δεσμὸν κρατερὸν περὶ πάντα τανύσσηις, σειρὴν χρυσείην ἐξ αἰθέρος ἀρτήσαντα.

“And this is the strong bond, as the theologist says, which is extended through all things, and is connected by the golden chain. For Jupiter (Ζεύς) after this, constitutes the golden chain, according to the admonitions of Night (Νύξ).

“ ‘But when your pow’r around the whole has spread

A strong coercive bond, a golden chain

Suspend from æther.’ ” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1820)

Vs. 1 legitur etiam apud eundem in Tim. 28 c (I 314, 12) et 32 c (II 53, 24 Diehl), in Cratyl. 395 e p. 50, 26 Pasqu.; vs. 2 apud eundem in Tim. 28 c (I 314, 17 Diehl), ubi sequuntur verba σειρᾶς χρυσῦς Ὁμηρικῶς (Il. Θ 19) τῶν θείων τάξεων τῶν ἐγκοσμίων κεκλημένης, cf. etiam in Tim. 34 b (II 112, 3 Diehl) et Damasc. De princ. 205 (II 87, 2 cf. Add. 385 et rectius W. Kroll Philol. LIII 1894, 426).

Herm. X vs. 9; Lob I 521 n. VI; Holwerda 319.

Procl. Hymn. in Minerv. VII 2 ἀκροτάτης ἀπὸ σειρῆς (Ludw. p. 150) Kroll De orac. Chald. 22; Wilamowitz Sitzungsber. Akad. Berlin 1907, 273. 285.

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