Orphic Tablets and Hymns

(ca. 400 BCE–300 CE)

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Orphic Tablets

Gold tablet from Petelia (ca. 350 BCE)

You will find a spring on the left of the halls of Hades, and beside it a white cypress growing. Do not even go near this spring. And you will find another, from the Lake of Memory, flowing forth with cold water. In front of it are guards. You must say, “I am the child of Gê (Earth) and of starry Ouranos (Heaven); this you yourselves also know. I am dry with thirst and am perishing. Come, give me at once cold water flowing forth from the Lake of Memory.” And they themselves will give you to drink from the divine spring, and...

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Orpheus and Eurydice (Library of Congress)

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