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Chorus Poets shall sing often in your praise both on the seven-stringed mountain tortoise-shellHermes is said to have made the first lyre out of a tortoise-shell. and in songs unaccompanied by the lyre when at Sparta the month of CarneaThe Spartan month of Carnea was the time of a festival, also called Carnea. This passage is our only evidence showing that it included musical performances. comes circling round and the moon is aloft the whole night long, and also in rich, gleaming Athens. Such is the theme for song that you have left for poets by your death.