Cf. Il. 1.604 “, ω” 60. Apollo's connexion with the Muses is as old as the first book of the Iliad. For later references see Pauly-Wissowa 38, PrellerRobert i. p. 279 f. Compare especially the dance of the Muses, to the sound of Apollo's phorminx in Pind. Nem.v. 22 f., inscr. on the chest of Cypselus ( Paus.v. 18. 4) “Μοῦσαι δ᾽ ἀμφ᾽ αὐτόν, χαρίεις χορός, αἷσι κατάρχει” (“Ἀπόλλων”). Gemoll thinks that Pindar imitated the hymn; but there is nothing in his theme or treatment which may not be independent.
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