A big story behind a little-known text
The author and the date of composition of the Orphic Lithika remain unknown. In this context, the EU-funded Or.Li.N.E. project will study this poem about the miraculous virtues of 29 stones. The aim is to provide an overall study of this poorly studied text, which is still lacking today, and offer a reliable critical text and a faithful translation of the poem accessible to all. An extensive historical-literary and philosophical commentary will be presented, shedding light on the exact significance of the little-known text. The most innovative aspect comprises the attempt to propose a new comprehensive interpretation of the poem, starting from the hypothesis of its composition at the end of the 4th century AD within the milieu of the pagan philosophers who were friends and followers of the emperor Julian (331–363 AD).