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[445] Poets shall sing often in your praise both on the seven-stringed mountain tortoise-shell1 and in songs unaccompanied by the lyre when at Sparta the month of Carnea2 comes circling round [450] 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.

1 Hermes is said to have made the first lyre out of a tortoise-shell.

2 The 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.

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