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Proclus Hymn #5

Post  tayarlin on Fri May 10, 2013 8:58 pm

Χαῖρε, Θεῶν μῆτερ, πολυώνυμε, καλλιγένεθλε.
Χαῖρ’, Ἑκάτη προθύραιε, μεγασθενές. Ἀλλὰ καὶ αὐτὸς
Χαῖρ’, Ἴανε προπάτορ, Ζεῦ ἄφθιτε, χαῖρ’, ὕπατε Ζεῦ.

Τεύχετε δ’ αἰγλήεσσαν ἐμοῦ βιότοιο πορείην
βριθομένην ἀγαθοῖσι, κακὰς δ’ ἀπελαύνετε νούσους
ἐκ ῥεθέων, ψυχὴν δὲ περὶ χθονὶ μαργαίνουσαν
ἕλκετ’ ἐγερσινόοισι καθηραμένην τελετῇσι.
Ναί, λίτομαι, δότε χεῖρα, θεοφραδέας τε κελεύθους
δείξατέ μοι χατέοντι. Φάος δ’ ἐρίτιμον ἀθρήσω,
κυανέης ὥθεν ἔστι φυγεῖν κακότητα γενέθλης.
Ναί, λίτομαι, δότε χεῖρα, καὶ ὑμετέροισιν ἀήταις
ὅρμον ἐς εὐσεβίης με πελάσσατε κεκμηῶτα.

Χαῖρε, Θεῶν μῆτερ, πολυώνυμε, καλλιγένεθλε.
Χαῖρ’, Ἑκάτη προθύραιε, μεγασθενές. Ἀλλὰ καὶ αὐτὸς
Χαῖρ’, Ἴανε προπάτορ, Ζεῦ ἄφθιτε, χαῖρ’, ὕπατε Ζεῦ.

"Hail Mother of the Gods, who has many names, blessed with wonderful children.
Hail Hekate Prothyraia, of great strength. But You too,
hail forefather Janus, Zeus imperishable; hail supreme Zeus.
Make the course of my life radiant,
weighed down with good things, but drive the evil diseases
from my limbs; attract my soul, now madly raving around the earth,
once it has been purified through the intellect-awakening rites.
Yes, I beg You, give Your hand and show me, as to one in need,
the paths revealed by the Gods. I will observe the precious light,
from which comes the possibility to flee the misery of dark birth.
Yes, I beg You, give me Your hand, and with Your winds take me
to the harbor of piety, exhausted as I am.
Hail Mother of the Gods, who has many names, blessed with wonderful children.
Hail Hekate Prothyraia, of great strength. But You too,
hail forefather Janus, Zeus imperishable; hail supreme Zeus."

Hymn to the Mother of the Gods, to Hecate, to Janus
Proklos

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Re: Proclus Hymn #5

Post  J_Agathokles on Sat May 11, 2013 6:02 am

So if I read this correctly, the Roman deity Ianus was syncretised with Zeus by the Hellenes?

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Re: Proclus Hymn #5

Post  Erodius on Sat May 11, 2013 8:57 am

By the Roman era yes, Ianus had come to be seen as a form of Iovis/Ζεύς, at least by the sensibilities of Proclus, who wrote from a heavily Orphic late-Platonism, which was certainly more energetically universalistic than some other Late Antique religions.

In any case, I think it's a clear and solid application of interpretatio. Idea

You're not familiar with the Hymns of Proclus, J_Agathokles? I'm surprised study

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"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
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Re: Proclus Hymn #5

Post  J_Agathokles on Sat May 11, 2013 9:36 am

Oh I heard of them, and have Dutch translations of them, as well as Thoma Taylor's English ones. But I'm not particularly well-read on Proclus and his philosophies.

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