Epigram 11.352

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τὸν σοφὸν ἐν κιθάρῃ], τὸν μουσικὸν Ἀνδροτίωνα
εἴρετό τις τοίην κρουματικὴν σοφίην
δεξιτερὴν ὑπάτην ὁπότε πλήκτροισι δόνησας,
ἡ λαιὴ νήτη πάλλεται αὐτομάτως
λεπτὸν ὑποτρίζουσα, καὶ ἀντίτυπον τερέτισμα
πάσχει, τῆς ἰδίης πλησσομένης ὑπάτης:
ὥστε με θαυμάζειν πῶς ἄπνοα νεῦρα ταθέντα
ἡ φύσις ἀλλήλοις θήκατο συμπαθέα.
ὃς δὲ τὸν ἐν πλήκτροισιν Ἀριστόξεινον ἀγητὸν
ὤμοσε μὴ γνῶναι τήνδε θεημοσύνην
ἔστι δ᾽, ἔφη, λύσις ἥδε: τὰ νευρία πάντα τέτυκται
ἐξ ὄιος χολάδων ἄμμιγα τερσομένων
τοὔνεκεν εἰσιν ἀδελφά, καὶ ὡς ξύμφυλα συνηχεῖ,
ξυγγενὲς ἀλλήλων φθέγμα μεριζόμενα.
γνήσια γὰρ τάδε πάντα, μιῆς ἅτε γαστρὸς ἐόντα,
καὶ τῶν ἀντιτύπων κληρονομεῖ πατάγων.
καὶ γὰρ δεξιὸν ὄμμα κακούμενον ὄμματι λαιῷ
πολλάκι τοὺς ἰδίους ἀντιδίδωσι πόνους.

— Paton edition

Some one questioned the musician Androtion,
skilled in what concerns the lyre, on a curious piece
of instrumental lore. " When you set the highest
string on the right in motion with the plectron, the
lowest on the left quivers of its own accord with a
slight twang, and is made to whisper reciprocally
when its own highest string is struck ; so that I
marvel how nature made sympathetic to each other
lifeless strings in a state of tension.” But he swore
that Aristoxenus, with his admirable knowledge of
plectra, did not know the theoretical explanation of
this. "The solution,” he said, "is as follows. The
strings are all made of sheep’s gut dried all together.
So they are sisters and sound together as if related,
shaving each other’s family voice. For they are all
legitimate children, being the issue of one belly,
and they inherit those reciprocal noises. Just so
does the right eye, when injured, often convey its
own pain to the left eye.”

— Paton edition






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