ORPHIC FRAGMENT 212 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 212 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: This fragment says that there is a partnership between Diónysos and Apóllôn (Ἀπόλλων).

212. σχόλιον Ὀλυμπιοδώρου επὶ Φαίδωνος Πλάτωνος B ιδ p. 88 Norv.:

ὅτι τοῦ μὲν μυστικοῦ λόγου μονὰς ἡγεῖται ἡ τοῦ νέου θεοῦ, τῆς δὲ φιλοσόφου ἀποδείξεως, ἅτε ἀνελιττούσης τὸν ἀπόρρητον λόγον, τὸ πλήθος τῶν θεῶν, οὓς ἀντιστρόφως ὁ Πλάτων νέους καλεῖ, τὸν δὲ βασιλέα αὐτῶν ποιεῖ τὸν ῞Ηλιον, ὃς πολλὴν ἔχει πρὸς τὸν Διόνυσον κοινωνίαν διὰ μέσου τοῦ Ἀπόλλωνος κατ᾽ Ὀρφέα (v. fr. 172). κάλλιον δὲ τὸν ῞Ηλιον ὡς μὲν Δία βασιλέα ποιεῖν, ὡς δὲ Διόνυσον περὶ τὸν κόσμον διηιρημένον, ὡς δὲ Ἀπόλλωνα μέσον, συνάγοντα μὲν τὴν Διονυσιακὴν διαίρεσιν, τῶι δὲ Διὶ παριστάμενον. Cf. etiam infra s. ΒΑΚΧΙΚΑ.

“That indeed (we know) from the mystic account, (that) the monad leads the way from a young God; and (this we can gather) from the argument of philosophy so as to unravel secret knowledge (about) the multitude of Gods. Plátôn (Πλάτων) calls them “young correlatives,” producing a king from themselves (who is) the Sun. He carries many to Diónysos, a partnership through the center from Apóllôn (Ἀπόλλων); (this we know) from (the writings of) Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς). But indeed, making the beautiful Sun (to be) Zefs (Ζεύς) the king, Diónysos, (goes) round about the kózmos, dividing it into parts, and Apóllôn, at the center, gathers together the Dionysian division, while Zefs sets them side by side.” (trans. by the author)

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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The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The Pætilía (Petelia, Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian Gods. In front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara, κιθάρα), the the lyre of Apóllôn (Apollo, Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus, Ὀρφεύς).

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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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