Phrynis, Testimonia

LCL 144: 62-63

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Testimonia Vitae Atque Artis

1 Pherecrates fr. 155. 14ss. Kassel-Austin = [Plut.] Mus. 30. 1141f

Φρῦνις δ᾿ ἴδιον στρόβιλον ἐμβαλών τινα 15κάμπτων με καὶ στρέφων ὅλην διέφθορεν, ἐν πέντε χορδαῖς δώδεχ᾿ ἁρμονίας ἔχων. ἀλλ᾿ οὖν ἔμοιγε χοὗτος ἦν ἀποχρῶν ἀνήρ· εἰ γάρ τι κἀξήμαρτεν, αὖτις ἀνέλαβεν. ὁ δὲ Τιμόθεος . . .

16 π. χ. a A Barb.: πενταχόρδαις vel -χορδαῖς vel -χόρδοις cett. ἑπτὰ χ. Burette, ἐννέα χ. Ulrici

2 Ar. Nub. 969ss.

εἰ δέ τις αὐτῶν βωμολοχεύσαιτ᾿ ἢ κάμψειέν τινα καμπὴν οἵας οἱ νῦν, τὰς κατὰ Φρῦνιν ταύτας τὰς δυσκολοκάμπτους, ἐπετρίβετο τυπτόμενος πολλὰς ὡς τὰς Μούσας ἀφανίζων.




Life and Work1

1 Pherecrates, Cheiron2

Phrynis on the other hand thrust in a peg of his own3 and by twisting me and turning me4 made a complete wreck of me, with a dozen tunings on five strings.5 But he was all right with me, for if he did make a mistake, he corrected it again. Timotheus on the other hand . . .6

2 Aristophanes, Clouds

And if any of the boys fooled around or performed the kind of twist1 they perform nowadays, one of those real twisters, Phrynis-fashion, he would get a thorough hammering for doing away with the Muses.

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.phrynis-testimonia.1993