But music was a favourite amusement of all the Greeks of old time; on which account also skill in playing the flute was much aimed at. Accordingly, Chamæleon of Heraclia, in his book entitled Protrepticus, says that the Lacedæmonians and Thebans all learned to play on the flute, and the inhabitants of Heraclea in Pontus devoted themselves to the same study down to his own time. And that so did the most illustrious of the Athenians, Callias the son of Hipponicus, and Critias the son of Callaeschrus. But Duris, in his treatise on Euripides and Sophocles, says that Alcibiades learnt music, not of any ordinary master, but of Pronomus, who had the very highest reputation in that line. And Aristoxenus says that Epaminondas the Theban learnt to play the flute of Olympiodorus and Orthagoras. And likewise, many of the Pythagoreans practised the art of flute-playing, as Euphranor, and Archytas, and Philolaus, and many others. But Euphranor has also left behind an essay on Flutes, and so too has Archytas. And Aristophanes shows us, in his Daitaleis, the great eagerness with which men applied themselves to this study, when he says—
I who am wasted quite awayAnd Phrynichus, in his Ephialtes, says—
In the study of flutes and harps,
Am I now to be sent to dig?
But were not you the man who taught him onceAnd Epicharmus, in his Muses, says that Minerva played a martial strain to the Dioscuri. And Ion, in his Phœnician, or Cæneus, calls the flute a cock, speaking thus:—
To play upon the flute and well-strung harp?
The cock then sang the Greeks a Lydian hymn.And also, in his Garrison, he calls the pipe the Idæan cock, using the following expression:—
The pipe, th' Idæan cock, precedes your steps.[p. 287] And, in the Second Phœnix, the same Ion writes—
I made a noise, bringing the deep-toned fluteWhere he means Phrygian rhythm; and he calls the Phrygian flute deep-toned. For it is deep; on which account they also add a horn to it, having a similarity to the bell mouth of trumpets. So now this book may be ended, my friend Timocrates; as it is quite long enough.
With fluent rhythm.