Scythinus, Fragment

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1 Plut. de Pyth. orac. 16.402a

ὕστερον μέντοι (οἱ Μεγαρεῖς) πλῆκτρον ἀνέθηκαν τῷ θεῷ χρυσοῦν, ἐπιστήσαντες ὡς ἔοικε Σκυθίνῳ λέγοντι περὶ τῆς λύρας ἣν

ἁρμόζεται Ζηνὸς εὐειδὴς Ἀπόλλων, πᾶσαν ἀρχὴν καὶ τέλος συλλαβών, ἔχει δὲ λαμπρὸν πλῆκτρον ἡλίου φάος.

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1 Plutarch, The Oracle at Delphi

Later, however, the Megarians dedicated to the god a golden plectrum, paying attention as it seems to the words of Scythinus concerning the lyre which

Zeus’s son, comely Apollo, who comprehends every beginning and end, tunes, and he has the bright light of the sun as his plectrum

I have omitted the corrupt fr. 2 preserved in Stobaeus 1.8.43 and attributed to Scythinus’ On Nature. It seems to be a prose version of trochaic tetrameters, which West partially restores.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.scythinus-fragment.1999