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Callistratus: Descriptions

τινα σώματος ὄγκον διαχεόμενος. μετεχειρίζετο δὲ καὶ σύριγγα, ἧς νομίοις θεοῖς ἐκεῖνος ἀπήρχετο, καὶ τὴν ἐρημίαν κατήχει τοῖς μέλεσιν, εἴποτε μουσικοῖς ψαλτηρίοις προσομιλῆσαι ποθήσειεν. 428 K.τοῦτον θαυμάσας, ὦ νέοι, τὸν Νάρκισσον καὶ εἰς ὑμᾶς παρήγαγον εἰς Μουσῶν αὐλὴν ἀποτυπωσάμενος. ἔχει δὲ ὁ λόγος, ὡς καὶ ἡ εἰκὼν εἶχεν.1

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5. On the Statue of Narcissus

into a sort of porous matter. The image was holding a syrinx,1 the instrument with which Narcissus was wont to offer music to the gods of the flock, and he would make the desert echo with his songs whenever he desired to hold converse with stringed musical instruments. In admiration of this Narcissus, O youths, I have fashioned an image of him and brought it before you also in the halls of the Muses. And the description is such as to agree with the statue.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.callistratus-descriptions_5_statue_narcissus.1931