Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.10. Amphion

LCL 256: 40-41


Philostratus: Imagines

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(1) Τῆς λύρας τὸ σόφισμα πρῶτος Ἑρμῆς πήξασθαι λέγεται κεράτοιν δυοῖν καὶ ζυγοῦ καὶ χέλυος καὶ δοῦναι μετὰ τὸν Ἀπόλλω καὶ τὰς Μούσας Ἀμφίονι τῷ Θηβαίῳ τὸ δῶρον, ὁ δὲ 5οἰκῶν τὰς Θήβας οὔπω τετειχισμένας ἀφῆκε κατὰ τῶν λίθων μέλη καὶ ἀκούοντες οἱ λίθοι συνθέουσι· ταῦτα γὰρ τὰ ἐν τῇ γραφῇ.


Book I. 10

10. Amphion

The clever device of the lyre, it is said, was invented by Hermes, who constructed it of two horns and a crossbar and a tortoise-shell; and he presented it first to Apollo and the Muses, then to Amphion of Thebes.1 And Amphion, inasmuch as the Thebes of his day was not yet a walled city, has directed his music to the stones, and the stones run together when they hear him. This is the subject of the painting.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_10_amphion.1931