Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.10. Amphion

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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.

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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.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_10_amphion.1931