ORPHIC FRAGMENT 189 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 189 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Dîmítîr (Δημήτηρ), with her attendants, laid out amvrosía (ἀμβροσία), nectar, and honey (for the feast).

189. (107) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 404 b, (p. 92, 14 Pasqu.):

ἡ δὲ Δημήτηρ πρώτη καὶ τὰς διττὰς τροφὰς διεῖλεν ἐν τοῖς θεοῖς, ὥς φησιν Ὀρφεύς·

μήσατο γὰρ προπόλούς <τε> καὶ ἀμφιπόλους καὶ ὀπαδούς,

μήσατο δ' ἀμβροςίην καὶ ἐρυθροῦ νέκταρος ἀρδμόν,

μήσατο δ' ἀγλαὰ ἔργα μελισσάων ἐριβόμβων.

“But Ceres (Δημήτηρ) first of all separates the two kinds of aliment in the Gods, as Orpheus says:

She cares for pow’rs ministrant, whether they

Or Gods precede or follow, or surround:

Ambrosia, and tenacious nectar red

Are too the objects of her bounteous care.

Last to the bee her providence extends,

Who gathers honey with resounding hum.

(trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816)

Another translation:

“She (Δημήτηρ) arranged for servants and handmaids and attendants;

She laid out amvrosía (ἀμβροσία) and a draught of red nectar;

She laid out the splendid fruits of the loud-buzzing bees.” (trans. by the author)

(This follows in Próklos, but is not actually part of the Kern fragment: “Ceres therefore, our sovereign mistress (δέσποινα) not only generates life, but that which gives perfection to life; and this from supernal natures to such as are last: for virtue is the perfection of souls. Hence mothers who are connected with the circulations of time, bring forth their offspring in imitation of this twofold and eternal generation of Ceres. For, at the same time that they send forth their young into light, they extend to them milk naturally produced as their food.” [trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816])

The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.

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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.

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