Let us now proceed to rhythms; for there were
several varieties of these, as well in musical as in rhythmical composition. And here Terpander, among all those
novelties with which he adorned music, introduced an
elegant manner, that gave it much life. After him, beside
the Terpandrian, which he did not relinquish, Polymnestus
brought in use another of his own, retaining however the
former elegant manner, as did also Thaletas and Sacadas.
Other innovations were also made by Alkman and Stesichorus,
who nevertheless receded not from the ancient forms. But
Crexus, Timotheus, and Philoxenus
, and those other poets
of the same age, growing more arrogant and studious of
novelty, affected those other manners now called Philanthropic and Thematic. For now the fewness of strings and
the plainness and majesty of the old music are looked upon
as absolutely out of date.