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Headword: Xuluphiôn
Adler number: xi,98
Translated headword: xylophone
Vetting Status: high
As in reference to soft twigs, when we bend and release them.[1] [Note] that Diocles of Athens first invented music made with clay saucers, with earthenware pots, which he struck with a twig.[2]
Greek Original:
Xuluphiôn: hoion epi tôn hapalôn xuluphiôn, hotan kampsantes aphômen auta: hoti Dioklês ho Athênaios prôtos heure tên en tois oxubaphois harmonian en ostrakinois angeiois, haper ekrouen en xuluphiôi.
Although "xylophone" is an irrestible translation for this percussion instrument, the resonating part of a xylyphion, as described here, was not actually wood at all. See generally West (below) 128, with 127.
[1] From gamma 468.
[2] From delta 1155. (There too the actual idiom, an odd one, is "in" a twig.)
M.L. West, Ancient Greek Music (Oxford 1992).
OCD4 Diocles(2).
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Translated by: James L. P. Butrica ✝ on 18 February 2000@12:43:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added headword and notes; cosmetics) on 11 January 2001@11:20:23.
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David Whitehead on 19 June 2013@05:23:17.
David Whitehead on 5 August 2014@06:12:24.
David Whitehead on 30 December 2014@10:36:48.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 24 January 2021@22:32:28.


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