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Bibil Identifier bibil:226892
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Italian, Long) Autogenerazione della divinità: Da Crizia (frammenti 3 e 4 Snell-Kannicht) al dio cristiano
Author Alvoni, Giovanna
Journal Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum - Journal of Ancient Christianity (Volume: 16, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2012
Language Italian
Pages 477-486 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The adjective αὐτοφυὴς, which is well attested as an epithet of the Christian God, appears also in the pagan oracles (see Lactantius, Divinae institutiones 1,7,1 [28,15-17 H./W.]). The most ancient source in which αὐτοφυὴς is used in relation to the highest god goes as far back as the 5th century B.C.E. This adjective is in fact present in fragment 4 Snell-Kannicht. The fi ve anapaests in fragment 4 Snell-Kannicht belong to the lost tragedy Pirithous, which has been attributed to Euripides, but was probably composed by Critias. The identity of the god addressed in this fragment has been disputed and is problematic. According to the most widely-accepted hypothesis, this god (in what corresponds to an orphic view) ought to be identifi ed with Time who is called τίκτων αὐτὸς ἑαυτόν in a different fragment (3 Snell-Kannicht) of the same work. Supported by Satyrus, Vita Euripidis fragmentum 37 I, II and III (92-94 S.), the author suggests that the Pirithous writer very deliberately chose not to identify the god addressed in fragment 4 Snell-Kannicht. Regarding the concept of the god’s self-generation, which is present in both the fragments from Pirithous, the author emphasizes the great importance this has for the transmission of these fragments by Clement of Alexandria. (Editor's abstract)
DOI 10.1515/zac-2012-0028
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Clement of Alexandria
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