ORPHIC FRAGMENT 230 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 230 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: Zefs (Ζεὺς) has ordained the end of the circle of births and relief from misery to the souls of humans.

230. σχόλιον Σιμπλικίου επὶ περὶ οὐρανοῦ Ἀριστοτέλους II 1, 284 a 14 (377, 12 Heib.)

ἐνδεθῆναι δὲ ὑπὸ τοῦ τὸ κατ’ ἀξίαν πᾶσιν ἀφορίζοντος δημιουργοῦ θεοῦ ἐν τῶι τῆς εἱμαρμένης τε καὶ γενέσεως τροχῶι, οὗπερ ἀδύνατον ἀπαλλαγῆναι κατὰ τὸν Ὀρφέα μὴ τοὺς θεοὺς ἐκείνους ἱλεωσάμενον

οἷς ἐπέταξεν ὁ Ζεὺς

κύκλου τ’ ἀλλῆξαι καὶ ἀναψῦξαι κακότητος τὰς ἀνθρωπίνας ψυχάς.

“But (Ixion), entangled in recompense for all his own actions, by the determination of the Dîmiourgós, to receive his just due, both that, and of the wheel of generation, which, according to Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς), we are unable to escape without the favor of the Gods:

‘Zefs (Ζεὺς) established

the cessation of the circle (of births) and relief from misery to the human souls.’ ” (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.

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

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