(1) Ὀρφέα τὸν τῆς Μούσης θέλξαι τῇ μουσικῇ καὶ τὰ μὴ μετέχοντα λόγου λογοποιοί φασι 25πάντες, λέγει δὲ καὶ ὁ ζωγράφος· λέων τε οὖν καὶ σῦς αὐτῷ πλησίον ἀκροαταὶ τοῦ Ὀρφέως καὶ ἔλαφος καὶ λαγωὸς οὐκ ἀποπηδῶντες τῆς
That Orpheus, the son of the Muse, charmed by his music even creatures that have not the intelligence of man, all the writers of myths agree, and the painter also so tells us. Accordingly, a lion and a boar near by Orpheus are listening to him, and also a deer and a hare who do not leap away from the
- 4Cf. the elder Phil. I, 10, p. 45, on the power of music. Priest, seer, founder of mystic cults in many parts of Greece, Orpheus is here simply the “son of the Muse,” the singer whose music had power to charm nature, animate and inanimate, as well as men. As a musician he was closely associated with Helicon and the Muses, and in this capacity he went on the Argonautic expedition. In wall-paintings, on painted vases, and in mosaics, Orpheus the musician was a favourite subject.