Instructions for the Netherworld: The Orphic Gold Tablets by Alberto Bernabe, Ana Isabel Jimenez San Cristobal

By Alberto Bernabe, Ana Isabel Jimenez San Cristobal

Orphic gold tables are key files for the information of rites and ideology of Orphics, an unusual crew that configured a hugely unique creed and that encouraged powerfully over different Greek writers and thinkers.

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S. vv. ƴƬɝƵưƳż ȰƭƧƪƲưƳ, ƪɕƮƣƵưƳ and ƴƬɝƵưƳ ȰƴƴƧ ƬɕƭƶƹƧż ƪɕƮƣƵưƳ ƬƣƵɗƴƸƧƮ. 51 Il. 5, 68; cf. 12, 116; 16, 350; 2, 417; Od. 4, 180. 52 This type of expression is frequent in Greek literature. To cite an example, Theog. 1, 707: “Once the black cloud of death wrapped him in its veil, and he arrived in the somber land of the dead”. 53 The texts refers to “the darkness of Hades” with an adjective whose reading is debated. In the tablet from Hipponion, we read OPOEENTOS. Pugliese Carratelli (1974) 100 f.

1), followed by Scalera McClintock (1991) 400 f. Cf. Lincoln (1982) 19 f. ), who thinks the theme is of Indo-European origin; Tortorelli Ghidini (1992) 178, Poccetti (1996) 234. 98 Comparetti (1910) 34 f. understands that dead water Áows forth from this fountain, as opposed to the fresh, and therefore living water of Mnemosyne. 99 Tortorelli Ghidini (1992) 180 f. 100 Cf. Et. M. s. v. ƹɟƸƺ “has two meanings, ‘to give life’, whence also ‘soul’ (ƹƶƸə) and ‘to blow’”. Tortorelli Ghidini even suggests that we should read ƹƶƸư˃ƮƵƣƫ, since 97 32 chapter one the root ƹƶƸ- would be related to ƹƶƸə ‘soul’ as well as ‘life’, rather than to ƹƶƸƲɝƳ ‘cold’.

52 This type of expression is frequent in Greek literature. To cite an example, Theog. 1, 707: “Once the black cloud of death wrapped him in its veil, and he arrived in the somber land of the dead”. 53 The texts refers to “the darkness of Hades” with an adjective whose reading is debated. In the tablet from Hipponion, we read OPOEENTOS. Pugliese Carratelli (1974) 100 f. read ȬƭưɗƧƮƵưƳ ‘destructive’, Russo (1992) 181 f. rejected this reading 49 22 chapter one Thurii (L 8, 1) we are told that in order to reach it one abandons the light of day.

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