ORPHIC FRAGMENT 287

OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: This fragment consists of five verses attributed to Orpheus on astrology.

287. In Codex Vaticanus Graecus 1056; Franz Boll Sphaera: Neue griechische Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der Sternbilder 34, Josef Heeg in Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum V 3 p. 43 f. 155v-156v (παρεξεβλήθησαν κεφάλαια διάφορα σοφῶν πολλῶν ἀπὸ διαφόρων βιβλίων ἀποδεικνύοντα τὸ εἶναι καλὴν καὶ μὴ ἐναντίαν τὴν σύνοδον τοῦ Διὸς [Ἄρεως, Josef Heeg in Diss.] καὶ τοῦ Κρόνου “Chief differing points were rejected from many different learned books, showing that the conjunction of Jupiter [Mars, Josef Heeg in his dissertation] and Saturn is favorable and not the opposite.”).

Verses published by Josef Heeg in Die Angeblichen Orphischen Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι (Inaugural Dissertation) p. 59 entitled τοῦ Ὀρφέως:

εἰς δὲ Κρόνου Πυρόεις τόπον αἴσιός ἐστιν ἀμείβων.

ἔνθα γὰρ ἠμαύρωσε Κρόνου θυμαλγέα πάντα.

καὶ κακὸς εἰς ἀγαθὸν τρέπεται‧ πάσας γὰρ ἀνίας

καὶ νούσους κατέπαυσεν‧ ἄγει δ’ ὄλβον τε δόμοισι

νίκην τ’ εὐφροσύνην τε φέρει <καὶ> κῦδος ἀνέξει.

“When Mars (Πυρόεις) passes into the region of Saturn, it is auspicious.

For there it weakens all the distressing influence of Saturn.

And bad is turned into good: for all sorrows

and diseases are laid to rest: it brings happiness into homes;

it brings victory and merriment and will raise up glory.”

(trans. by the author)

This paraphrase follows in the dissertation on p. 59:

νοοῦνται δὲ ταῦτα οὕτως. ὁ Ἄρης ἀγαθὸς εἰς Κρόνον ἐρχόμενος· πάντα γὰρ τὰ ὑπὸ Κρόνου λυπρὰ ἐξήλειψε· καὶ τὰς νόσους ἔπαυσε, πλοῦτον δὲ καὶ νίκην εὐφροσύνην τε καὶ δόξαν αὔξει.

“These verses are meant in this way: Mars going into the path of Saturn is good; for all the painful things under Saturn are wiped out; and it brings an end to diseases, and it also increases wealth, merriment, and glory.”

(trans. by the author)

Compare to Orphic fragment 286 p. 289.

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