By Christos Tsagalis
The prior few a long time have noticeable the advance of recent serious tools with which the poetic and rhetorical dimensions of historical Greek texts may be evaluated. during this quantity, a global team of extraordinary students comes jointly to envision how quite a lot of historic texts in numerous genres have been capable of assert their authority and claims to fact, frequently alluding to each other in sophisticated methods as they tried to venture their very own superiority. a sequence of illuminating new readings is obtainable of either specific passages and full works within the mild of those new severe advances
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Pseudo-Aristotle, De mundo 401a25 = Orphica 31 I F Bernabé; cf. Brisson (1995) 2881. The Authority of Orpheus, Poet and Bard 25 genealogy of the gods. 26 The specificity of what we perceive of the commented poem resides instead mainly in its content. What is particularly distinctive is the “sacred thing” swallowed by Zeus; this aidoion is probably associated with the organ of the Sky and with the Sun, and it plays almost certainly the same role as Eros-Phanes, the golden-winged luminous one, born first out of the primordial egg in other versions of orphic cosmo-theogony.
This verse undoubtedly belongs to a version of the 4th century BC, for in the Laws, in a passage concerning the gods’ role as guardians of justice in the ideal city, Plato alludes to an “ancient saying” (palaios logos) that also presents the god as “holding the beginning, middle, and end of all that exists”. The scholiast who gives the exegesis of this famous passage from the Laws specifies that this logos, which equates the god with the demi21 Orphica 237, 1-3 F Bernabé; cf. West (1983) 234-239.
It is then that the ruler of creation, himself associated with Moira, if not with Aphrodite-Ourania, can reunite with his own mother Rhea, probably associated with Gaia as well as with Meter and Hera by the poem itself! The state of the papyrus unfortunately deprives us of the final stages – if there are any – of the creation of the world through the 23 PDerveni col. XVII, 12 = Orphica 14, 2 F Bernabé; cf. Pl. Laws 715e = Orphica 31 III F Bernabé and scholion to Pl. Laws 715e (p. 317 Greene) = Orphica 31 IV F Bernabé.
Allusion, Authority, and Truth: Critical Perspectives on Greek Poetic and Rhetorical Praxis by Christos Tsagalis