The orphic hymns are a collection of 87 short religious poems composed in either the late hellenistic c3rd or c2nd bc or early roman c1st to c2nd ad era they are based on the beliefs of orphism a mystery cult or religious philosophy which claimed descent from the teachings of the mythical hero orpheus. This translation of the orphic hymns is the best ive found by far with small improvements over athanassakis 1977 translation the 2013 edition far outstrips the traditionally used thomas taylor text. The orphic hymns are a set of pre classical poetic compositions attributed to the culture hero orpheus himself the subject of a renowned myth in reality these poems were probably composed by several different poets reminiscent of the rig veda the orphic hymns contain a rich set of clues about
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