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Orphism, Orphic poetry
(4,469 words)

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I. Earliest Evidence

The earliest evidence for Orphism refers to texts or ritual activities.

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A. Texts

(see II below). Earliest evidence for Orphic texts: Eur. Hipp. 952-954 = Orphica Fragmenta (= OF) T 213 Kern “(Hippolytus), who honours the smoke of many writings (grámmata)”, under Orpheus as his master; Pl. Resp. 364e = OF 3: “a pile of books (bíbloi)”, attributed to Musaeus [1] and Orpheus and offered by cha…

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Calame, Claude (Lausanne), “Orphism, Orphic poetry”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e901320>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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