Athenaeus of Naucratis / The deipnosophists, or, Banquet of the learned of Athenæus
Book I: epitome, pp. [unnumbered]-57
40. Now the national dances are the following --the Lace- (iemonian, the Trcezenian, the Epizephyrian, the Cretan, the Ionian, the Mantinean, which Aristoxenus considers as the best of all, on account of its movement of the hands. And dancing was considered so creditable an employment, and one requir- ing so much talent, that Pindar calls Apollo a dancer Prince of dancers, prince of grace, Hail, Phoebus of the silver quiver. And Homer too, or one of the Homeridee, in one of the hymns to Apollo, says- How deftly Phcebus strikes the golden lyre, While strength and grace each moving limb inspire! and Eumelus, or Arctinus, the Corinthian, somewhere or other introduces Jupiter himself as dancing, saying- And gracefully amid the dancing throng, The sire of gods and mortals moved along. But Theophrastus says that Andron of Catana, a flute-player, was the first person who invented motions of the body keep- ing time to music, while he played on the flute to the dancers; rom whom dancing among the ancients was called Sicelizing. And that he was followed by Cleophantus of Thebes. Among the dancers of reputation there was Bulbus, mentioned by Cratinus and Callias; and Zeno the Cretan, who was in high favour with Artaxerxes, mentioned by Ctesias. Alexander also, in his letter to Philoxenus, mentions Theodorus and Chrysippus. 41. The Temple of the Muses is called by Timon the Phliasian, the satiric writer, the basket, by which term he means to ridicule the philosophers who frequent it, as if they were fattened up in a hen-coop, like valuable birds:- AEgypt has its mad recluses, Book-bewilder'd anchorites, In the hen-coop of the Muses Keeping up their endless fights. . .. . till these table orators got cured of their diarrhnea of words; a pack of men, who from their itch for talking appear to me to have forgotten the Pythian orack, which Chamaeleon quotes- Three weeks ere Sirius burns up the wheat, And three weeks after, seek the cool retreat Of shady house, and better your condition By taking Bacchus for your sole physician. EEPIT. B. 1. THLE DEIPNOSOPHISTS.
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