Translated by Catherine Proppe
December 15, 2014
41. Μητρὸς Ἀνταίας, θυμίαμα ἀρώματα.
Divine medium: aromatics
Ἀνταία βασίλεια, θεά, πολυώνυμε μῆτερ
Antagonized Basileia, Goddess of many-realms, Mother of
ἀθανάτων τε θεῶν ἠδὲ θνητῶν ἀνθρώπων,
Immortal deities and mortal humans,
ἥ ποτε μαστεύουσα πολυπλάγκτωι ἐν ἀνίηι
When searching many directions in great distress
νηστείαν κατέπαυσας Ἐλευσῖνος ἐν γυάλοισιν
Fasting, you paused in Eleusis’ valley
ἦλθές τ' εἰς Ἀίδην πρὸς ἀγαυὴν Περσεφόνειαν
Then on to Aidon’s realm led to august Persephone,
ἁγνὸν παῖδα Δυσαύλου ὁδηγητῆρα λαβοῦσα,
Pure child, your desolate journey released
μηνυτῆρ' ἁγίων λέκτρων χθονίου Διὸς ἁγνοῦ,
Information of the pure marriage-bed of earthly pure Dios,
Εὔβουλον τέξασα θεὸν θνητῆς ἀπ' ἀνάγκης.
Good counseling child-bearer of divine mortal necessity,
ἀλλά, θεά, λίτομαί σε, πολυλλίστη βασίλεια,
Yet, Goddess, humbly and often entreated, Basileia,
ἐλθεῖν εὐάντητον ἐπ' εὐιέρωι σέο μύστηι.
Come with fair reciprocity upon good holy mystae.
 The immortal mother Goddess Demeter was antagonized by her daughter’s kidnapping and refused to allow new life on earth until her daughter was returned to her.
 Basileia means Queen.
 Eleusis is a famous city on the Rarian Plain, home to the Eleusinian Mysteries of the Mother and Daughter.
 Aidon is the immortal God of the afterlife.
 Persephone is the immortal Goddess of the afterlife and springtime rebirth.
 Dysaulos means inhospitable, bad for lodging, unhappy, desolate.
 Here “Dios” refers to Pluto/Aidon, the God of the afterlife.
 Aidon often is termed “good counselor,” perhaps because reflecting on one’s mortality can clarify decisions?
 Ananke is the immortal Goddess of what is necessary, of what is required, inevitable, unavoidable. In this case, presumably the necessities for mortals are birth and death.
 Mystae are initiates in the Mysteries.