ORPHIC FRAGMENT 78 - OTTO KERN

ORPHIC FRAGMENT 78 - OTTO KERN

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SUMMARY: (Phánîs [Φάνης] has) golden wings, which flutter this way and that.

78. (65) σχόλιον Ἑρμείου επὶ Φαίδρου Πλάτωνος 246 e (142, 13 Couvr.):

πρώτωι γὰρ τούτωι (sc. τῶι Φάνητι) ἡ θεολογία παρέχει τοὺς ἵππους, ἅτε πρώτωι ἐκφοιτήσαντι τῶν οἰκείων ἀρχῶν, ἐπεὶ καὶ πρώτως ἐν τούτωι γίνεται γάμος· καὶ ἁπλῶς ὧι ἐνέργειαν δίδωσι, τούτωι καὶ ἵππους παρέχει. αὐτῶι δὲ τούτωι πρώτωι τῶι δεσπότηι Φάνητι καὶ πτέρυγας δίδωσι·

χρυσείαις πτερύγεσσι φορεύμενος ἔνθα καὶ ἔνθα.

“The theology places horses before him (Φάνης), inasmuch as he became widely known before the first of the familial rulers, for also in this, a marriage just now is born. And he offers his power purely, handing over the horses for this purpose. And Phánîs, of his own free will, offers his wings to this destined lord (Nyx?).

‘with golden wings fluttering this way and that.’ ” (trans. by the author)

Cf. σχόλιον Ἑρμείου επὶ Φαίδρου Πλάτωνος 246 a (p. 122, 19 Couvr.):

οὐ πρῶτος δὲ ὁ Πλάτων ἡνίοχον καὶ ἵππους παρέλαβεν, ἀλλὰ πρὸ αὐτοῦ οἱ ἔνθεοι τῶν ποιητῶν, Ὅμηρος (Ἰλιὰς Ὁμήρου Θ 438), Ὀρφεύς, Παρμενίδης· αλλ’ υπ’ εκείνων μὲν ἅτε ἐνθέων ἄνευ αἰτίας (αἰτία Ast) εἴρηται· ἐνθουσιώντες γάρ ἔλεγον.

“But no truly, first Plátôn (Πλάτων) ascertained such by the (concept of the) charioteer and horses, but before this, he himself was inspired by the poets: Homer (Ἰλιὰς Ὁμήρου Θ 438), Orphéfs (Ὀρφεύς), Parmænídîs (Παρμενίδης). But through them indeed, he inquires whether it is from inspiration you are far from cause; but he said that it is from inspiration.” (trans. by the author)

Ὄρνιθες Ἀριστοφάνους 696 (fr. 1):

Ἔρως ὁ ποθεινός, στίλβων νῶτον πτερύγοιν χρυσαῖν, εἰκὼς ἀνεμώκεσι δίναις.

“much desired Ǽrôs (Ἔρως), with his back gleaming with golden wings, like the swift gust of a whirlwind” (trans. by the author)

ὕμνος Ὀρφέως Πρωτογόνου 6.2:

ὠογενῆ, χρυσέησιν ἀγαλλόμενον πτερύγεσσιν,

“egg-born, rejoicing in his golden wings!” (trans. by the author)

ὕμνος Ὀρφέως Νότου (the South Wind) 82.2:

ὠκείαις πτερύγεσσι δονούμενον ἔνθα καὶ ἔνθα

“with your swift wings fluttering hither and thither” (trans. by the author)

Cf. Ὀρφέως Ἀργοναυτικά 340 (342, 347 or 503 in different texts):

λαιψηρούς τ' ανέμους, αύραις μίγα χρυσεοτάρσαις

“the nimble winds, with cool breezes mingled with golden wings” (trans. by the author)

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