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NOMOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Νομος Nomos Nomus Law (nomos)

NOMOS (or Nomus) was the god or spirit (daimon) of law. He was the husband of Eusebia (Piety) and the father of Dike (Justice). Nomos was usually an aspect of Zeus rather than a separate divinity.

PARENTS
Perhaps a son of ZEUS, though nowhere stated
OFFSPRING
DIKE (by Eusebia) (Orphic Rhapsodies Frag 159)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

NOMOS (Nomos), a personification of law, described as the ruler of gods and men. (Pind. Fragm. 151, p. 640, ed. Böckh; Plat. Gorg. p. 484, b.; Orph. Hymn. 63.)

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.


Orphic Hymn 64 to Nomos (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.) :
"Hymn to Nomos (Law). The holy king of gods and men I call, heavenly Nomos, the righteous seal of all: the seal which stamps whatever the earth contains, and all concealed within the liquid plains: stable, and starry, of harmonious frame, preserving laws eternally the same. Thy all-composing power in heaven appears, connects its frame, and props the starry spheres; and unjust envy shakes with dreadful sound, tossed by thy arm in giddy whirls around. 'Tis thine the life of mortals to defend, and crown existence with a blessed end; for thy command alone, of all that lives, order and rule to every dwelling goes. Ever observant of the upright mind, and of just actions the companion kind. Foe to the lawless, with avenging ire, their steps involving in destruction dire. Come, blest, abundant power, whom all reverse, by all desired, with favouring mind draw near; give me through life on thee to fix my sight, and never forsake the equal paths of right."


Sources:

  • The Orphic Hymns - Greek Hymns BC
  • Orphica, Fragments - Greek Hymns BC