ORPHIC FRAGMENT 43 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 43 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: In this fragment, Orphéfs (Ὀρφεὺς) is said to claim that Pærsæphónî (Περσεφόνη), in the famous myth, was seized from the districts around Okæanós (Ὠκεανός).

43. (212) σχολιαστής επί Θεογονίας Ἡσιόδου 914 (Gaisford II 537):

ἡρπάσθαι δὲ τὴν Περσεφόνην φασὶν οἱ μὲν ἐκ Σικελίας, Βακχυλίδης (fr. 64 Bergk; fr. 47 Blass-Suess) δὲ ἐκ Κρήτης, Ὀρφεὺς ἐκ τῶν περὶ τὸν Ὠκεανῶν τόπων, Φανόδημος (FHG I 369 fr. 20) δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς Ἀττικῆς, Δημάδης (v. l. Δημέας, Δημαίας cf. Hiller de Gaertringen ad IG XII 5, 445 p. 115; FHG IV 377) δὲ ἐν Νάπαις. τοῦτο δὲ λέγει, ἐπεὶ οὐχ ἑκοῦσα ἡ γῆ δέχεται τὰ σπέρματα.

“But indeed, they say that Pærsæphónî (Περσεφόνη) was seized from Sikælía (Σικελία, Sicily), but Vakkhylídîs (Βακχυλίδης) (says she was seized) from Krítî (Κρήτη, Crete), Orphéfs (Ὀρφεὺς) from the districts roundabout Okæanós (Ὠκεανός), Phanódîmos (Φανόδημος, the ethnographer) from Attikí (Αττική), Dîmádîs (Δημάδης) from Nápais (Νάπαις, The Woodlands). But he* says this, from the time when the earth does not readily accept seeds.” (trans. by the author)

*or possibly “But it says this...” it here referring to some text.

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

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.

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

How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.

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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