ORPHIC FRAGMENT 195 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 195 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: The ravishing of Pærsæphónî (Περσεφόνη).

195. (186. 210) σχόλιον Πρόκλου επὶ Κρατύλου Πλάτωνος 402 d p. 85, 18 Pasqu.:

ὅθεν καὶ ὁ θεολόγος τοὺς μὲν ἄκρους (sc. Iovem et Plutonem) μετὰ τῆς Κόρης φησὶ τὰ τε πρῶτα καὶ τὰ έσχατα δημιουρχεῖν, τὸν δὲ μέσον (sc. Neptunum) καὶ ἄνευ ἐκείνης, ἀπὸ τοῦ σφετέρου κλήρου τὴν γεννητικὴν αἰτίαν συντάξαντα· διὸ καὶ φασὶν τὴν Κόρην ὑπὸ μὲν τοῦ Διὸς βιάζεσθαι, ὑπὸ δὲ τοῦ Πλούτωνος ἁρπάζεσθαι (v. fr. 192).

“Whence also the theologist Orpheus says, that the extremes fabricate in conjunction with Proserpine (Περσεφόνη) things first and last; the middle being co-arranged with generative cause from his own allotment, without Proserpine. Hence violence is said to have been offered to Proserpine by Jupiter (Ζεύς): but she is said to have been ravished by Pluto.” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816)

Περὶ τῆς κατὰ Πλάτωνα θεολογίας Πρόκλου VI 11 p. 371, 11:

καὶ γὰρ ἡ τῶν θεολόγων φήμη τῶν τὰς ἁγιωτάτας ἡμῖν ἐν Ἐλευσῖνι τελετὰς (v. test. nr. 102 et fr. 23) παραδεδωκότων ἄνω μὲν αὐτὴν (sc. τὴν Κόρην) ἐν τοῖς μητρὸς οἴκοις μένειν φησίν, οὓς ἡ μήτηρ αὐτῆι (Platt Journ. Philol. Lond. XXVI 1899, 231; αὕτη e. Porti) κατεσκεύασεν ἐν ἀβάτοις ἐξηιρημένους τοῦ παντός, κάτω δὲ (κατὰ δὲ cod. Gottorp.; em. Portus) μετὰ Πλούτωνος τῶν χθονίων ἐπάργειν καὶ τοὺς τῆς γῆς μυχοὺςἐπιτροπεύειν καὶ ζωὴν επορέγειν τοῖς ἐσχάτοις τοῦ παντὸς καὶ ψυχῆς μεταδιδόναι τοῖς παρ’ ἑαυτῶν ἀψύχοις καὶ νεκροῖς. οὗ δὴ καὶ θαυμάσειε ἂν, ὅπως ἡ Κόρη Διὶ μὲν καὶ Πλούτωνι σύνεστι, τῶι μὲν --- ὥς φασιν οἱμῦθοι --- βιασαμένωι, τῶι δὲ ἁρπάσαντι τὴν θεόν.

“For the rumour of the theologists who delivered to us the most holy Mysteries in Eleusis, says, that above indeed, Proserpine (Περσεφόνη) abides in the dwellings of her mother, which her mother had fabricated in inaccessible places, exempt from the universe, but that beneath she governs terrestrial concerns in conjunction with Pluto, rules over the recesses of the earth, extends life to the extremities of the universe, and imparts soul to things which are of themselves inanimate, and dead. Where also you may wonder that Proserpine associates with Jupiter (Ζεύς) indeed and Pluto, the former, as fables say violating, but the latter ravishing the Goddess,...” (trans. Thomas Taylor, 1816)

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