Chelyn Phaebo. Chelys comes from χέλυς, testudo, a tortoise. Testudo is often used by the Latin poets for a harp, either because the first harps were made of the shells of that animal, or because there was a great resemblance between them. The Greeks used the word χέλυς in the same sense; whence chelys is here put by Ovid for citharaCommunia. The harp properly belonged to Apollo, as the inventor of it: Sappho also calls it hers, because of her composing lyric poems to be played upon it, or sung in concert with it.
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