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Chapter Eight. Other Tablets (L 14–16)

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This chapter examines other tablets (L 14-16) which, because of their brevity, contribute data of less interest for the reconstruction of Orphic beliefs. These include: L 14 Tablet from Sfakaki, near Rethymno (Crete) 1st cent. B.C.-1st cent. A.D., L 15 Tablet from Milopotamus (Crete), 2nd cent. A.D., L 15a Tablet from Heraclea, near Hagios Athanassios, period unknown, L 16a-b Tablets from Pella, end of the 4th cent. B.C., and L 16c-d Tablets from Aegion in Achaia, Hellenistic period. The translation of L 15 is based on the interpretation of the text given by Guarducci. According to an alternative interpretation (which is less probable), the verse would express greetings addressed to the soul of the deceased since it will enjoy the company of Pluto and Persephone, so that one would have to translate "enjoy Pluto and Persephone".

Keywords:Orphic beliefs; tablets (L 14-16)



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