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Then you are quite right. Now can you tell me who, in former times, has proved himself a good lawgiver in regard to the laws of flute-playing? Perhaps you cannot think of him: would you like me to remind you?

Do by all means.

Then is it Marsyas, by tradition, and his beloved Olympus, the Phrygian?

That is true.

And their flute-tunes also are most divine, and alone stir and make manifest those who are in need of the gods;1 and to this day they only remain, as being divine.

1 Cf. Sympos. 215 C(from which this allusion to Marsyas is feebly imitated) δηλοῖ τοὺς τῶν θεῶν τε καὶ τελετῶν δεομένους, where “in need of the gods” seems to be a mystic phrase for “ready for divine possession” (ἐνθουσιασμός).

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