"Amphion was the son of Jupiter and Antiope, queen of Thebes. With his twin brother, Zethus he was exposed at birth on Mount Cithaeron, where they grew up among the shepherds not knowing their parentage." —Bulfinch, 1897

Amphion and Zethus

"Amphion was the son of Jupiter and Antiope, queen of Thebes. With his twin brother, Zethus he was exposed…

A group of Greeks rowing a boat.

Greek boat

A group of Greeks rowing a boat.

"Chelys, from a vase in the British Museum, where also are fragments of such an instrument, the back of which is of shell." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1903

Chelys

"Chelys, from a vase in the British Museum, where also are fragments of such an instrument, the back…

"Chiron was instructed by Apollo and Diana, and was renowned for his skill in hunting, medicine, music, and the art of prophecy." —Bulfinch, 1897

Chiron

"Chiron was instructed by Apollo and Diana, and was renowned for his skill in hunting, medicine, music,…

A seven-stringed lyre with a deep, wooden sounding box. Primarily used by the ancient Greeks, this instrument was more complex then the lyra, used by musical professionals.

Cithara

A seven-stringed lyre with a deep, wooden sounding box. Primarily used by the ancient Greeks, this instrument…

"Egyptian Lyre now at Berlin." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1903

Egyptian Lyre

"Egyptian Lyre now at Berlin." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1903

Muse of lyric poetry and mimicry

Erato

Muse of lyric poetry and mimicry

Muse of lyric poetry and mimicry

Erato

Muse of lyric poetry and mimicry

A page divider illustrated with a lyre and foral designs.

Floral and Lyre Divider

A page divider illustrated with a lyre and foral designs.

Women playing a lyre.

Greek border

Women playing a lyre.

A decorative divider with Greek statues, musical instruments, and flowers.

Greek Divider

A decorative divider with Greek statues, musical instruments, and flowers.

"Greek Lyres" — Morey, 1903

Greek Lyres

"Greek Lyres" — Morey, 1903

"A lyre, one of the most ancient musical instruments of the stringed kind. The Greeks attributed the invention of the lyre to Mercury, who is said to have formed the instrument of a tortoiseshell, over which he placed gut-strings." — Smith, 1873

Lyra

"A lyre, one of the most ancient musical instruments of the stringed kind. The Greeks attributed the…

Doodad with Lyre.

Lyre

Doodad with Lyre.

A kind of harp much used by the ancients.

Lyre

A kind of harp much used by the ancients.

A stringed musical instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity.

Lyre

A stringed musical instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity.

This illustration shows an ancient lyre. It was fixed with 6 strings all tuned differently.

Lyre

This illustration shows an ancient lyre. It was fixed with 6 strings all tuned differently.

A stringed musical instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity. The recitations of the Ancient Greeks were accompanied by it.

Lyre

A stringed musical instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity. The recitations of the…

A stringed instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity. It was used mainly by the Ancient Greeks.

Lyre

A stringed instrument well known for its use in Classical Antiquity. It was used mainly by the Ancient…

A lyre

Lyre

A lyre

"Cithara or Phorminx, from a vase in the British Museum. Best period of Greek art." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1903

Lyre

"Cithara or Phorminx, from a vase in the British Museum. Best period of Greek art." —The Encyclopedia…

A lyre, a stringed instrument commonly used in Greek Classical antiquity.

Lyre

A lyre, a stringed instrument commonly used in Greek Classical antiquity.

Also known as the Superb Menura, the lyre bird is noted for its distinctive tail feathers. The male of this species has a pair which curve upwards in an "S" shape, giving it a resemblence to the ancient musical instrument it draws its name from.

Lyre Bird

Also known as the Superb Menura, the lyre bird is noted for its distinctive tail feathers. The male…

Ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.

Lyre Bird

Ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and…

Ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.

Lyre Bird

Ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and…

"Lyre, with seven strings. From a coin of Chalcis." — Smith, 1882

Lyre coin

"Lyre, with seven strings. From a coin of Chalcis." — Smith, 1882

A decorative divider with lyres and ribbon.

Lyre Divider

A decorative divider with lyres and ribbon.

"Greek lyres"

Greek lyres

"Greek lyres"

Music banner with lyre.

Music banner

Music banner with lyre.

"From a very remote period, the Greeks had been accustomed to engage in contests of strength and agility during their times of festivity, and also at the funerals of distinguised persons. Iphitus conceived the idea of establishing a periodical festival in his own dominions, for the celebration of these ancient games, and of religious rites in honor of Jupiter and Hercules; and, having obtained the authority of the Delphinian oracle for carrying his design into execution, he instituted the festival, and appointed that it should be repeated every fourth year, at Olympia, a town of Elis." — Goodrich, 1844

Victors at the Olympic Games

"From a very remote period, the Greeks had been accustomed to engage in contests of strength and agility…

"Theocritus asserts that there is no rememdy for Love but the Muses. He then gives an account of the love of the Cyclops Polyphemus for the sea-nymph Galatea." — The Delphian Society, 1913

Polyphemus

"Theocritus asserts that there is no rememdy for Love but the Muses. He then gives an account of the…

A group of women, with a lyre and wreath.

Sappho

A group of women, with a lyre and wreath.

"Greek school - from a vase painting." — The Delphian Society, 1913

Greek school

"Greek school - from a vase painting." — The Delphian Society, 1913

The medallion base symbol is a symbol of a lyre. Designed by sculptor Lehr of Berlin, Germany which symbolizes the art of singing.

Medallion Base Symbol

The medallion base symbol is a symbol of a lyre. Designed by sculptor Lehr of Berlin, Germany which…

The pilaster panel symbol is a lyre which symbolizes the art of singing. It was designed by sculptor Fomilini of Florence, Italy.

Pilaster Panel Symbol

The pilaster panel symbol is a lyre which symbolizes the art of singing. It was designed by sculptor…

Muse of dancing and the dramatic chorus

Terpsichore

Muse of dancing and the dramatic chorus

Muse of dancing and the dramatic chorus

Terpsichore

Muse of dancing and the dramatic chorus

A sculpture of a woman with a lyre.

Statue of a Woman

A sculpture of a woman with a lyre.