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Headword: *na/bla
Adler number: nu,4
Translated headword: nabla, nablas, navla
Vetting Status: high
A type of [sc. musical] instrument.
Greek Original:
*na/bla: ei)=dos o)rga/nou.
Same entry in other lexica: see the references at Photius nu1 Theodoridis.
West (below) 77: "[t]he nablas or nabla was a Phoenician harp that arrived in Greece about the end of the fourth century BC. Its sound is described as 'throaty'. It was played without a plectrum, and was regarded as suitable for merrymaking."
See also LSJ(9) s.v. na/bla, h(: "a musical instrument of ten or (acc. to J[osephus] AJ 7.12.3) of twelve strings, cj. in S[ophocles] fr.849, cf. LXX 1 Ki.10.5, al.:--also na/blas, -a, o(, Sopat[er fr.] 16, Philem[on fr.] 44, Str[abo] 10.3.17; cf. nau=lon I. (Semitic word, cf. Hebr. ֵבֶל nēbel; Phoenician, acc. to Ath[enaeus, Deipnosophists] 4.175B [= 4.77 Kaibel].)".
cf. psi 15.
M.L. West, Ancient Greek Music (Oxford 1992)
Keywords: definition; geography; meter and music
Translated by: Alex Gottesman on 21 November 2002@12:10:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added bibliography; cosmetics) on 22 November 2002@03:42:51.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, cross-reference) on 14 June 2004@23:38:42.
Raphael Finkel (added Hebrew) on 5 June 2008@12:42:47.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 16 June 2011@10:45:27.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@06:13:20.
David Whitehead (another note) on 3 June 2013@04:39:31.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 15 January 2015@18:33:16.
David Whitehead (expanded a ref) on 16 January 2015@04:16:43.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 10 October 2020@01:47:38.


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