And it is a very clever way in which Antiphanes thus jested upon Misgolas, as devoting all his attention to beautiful [p. 536] harp-players and lyre-players; for Aeschines the orator, in his speech against Timarchus, says this of him—“Misgolas, the son of Naucrates, of Colyttus, O men of Athens, is a man in other respects brave and virtuous, and no one can find any fault with him in any particular; but he is known to be exceedingly devoted to this kind of business, and always to have about him some harp-players, and people who sing to the music of the harp. And I say this, not by way of disparaging him, but in order that you may be aware what sort of person he is.” And Timocles, in his Sappho, says—
Misgolas is not seen to enter in,And Alexis, in his Agonis, or the Little Horse, says—
Excited as he is by blooming youth.
O mother, do not threaten me, I pray,
With Misgolas, for I am not a harp-player.