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Plutarch, Dinner Of The Seven Wise Men, 150e


nanHe suddenly and smartly replied, There are no vines there. Ardalus asked a second question, whether the Scythians had any Gods among them. Yes, quoth Anacharsis, and they understand what men say to them; nor are the Scythians of the Grecian opinion (however these last may be the better orators), that the Gods are better pleased with the sounds of flutes and pipes than with the voice of men. My friend, saith Aesop, what would you say if you saw our present pipe-makers throw away the bones of fawns and hind-calves, to use those of asses, affirming they yield the sweeter and more melodious sound? Whereupon Cleobuline made one of her riddles about the Phrygian flute, . . .


nanHe answered on the spur of the moment, "No, nor grape-vines either." When Ardalus again said, "But the Scythians must have gods," he replied, "Certainly, they have gods who understand the language of men; they are not like the Greeks, who, although they think they converse better than the Scythians, yet believe that the gods have more pleasure in listening to the sound produced by bits of bone and wood." Thereupon Aesop said, "Iwould have you know, my friend, that the modern flute-makers have given up the use of bones from fawns, and use bones from asses, asserting that the latter have a better sound. This fact underlies the riddle which Cleobulina made in regard to the Phrygian flute:


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athens Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 247
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lucian, perspectival inversions of Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 247
lucian Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 247
scythia and scythians Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 247
solon' Kirkland, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature: Criticism, Imitation, Reception (2022) 247