Barbitos

Barbitos

The barbitos was narrower than the lyre and longer, so its strings were longer and the tone was lower. According to Pindar, Terandros was the inventor of this musical instrument, while according to Neanthis, the historian, from Cyzicus,barbitos was Anakreon’s invention. It is certain that it was an instrument, that enjoyed great honor for the musicians of Lesbos (Terpandros, Alcaeus, Sappho, Anakreon).The number of Barbitos strings is not known.

Construction

The barbitos was narrower than the lyre and longer, so its strings were longer and the tone was lower. According to Pindar, Terandros was the inventor of this musical instrument, while according to Neanthis, the historian, from Cyzicus,barbitos was Anakreon’s invention. It is certain that it was an instrument, that enjoyed great honor for the musicians of Lesbos (Terpandros, Alcaeus, Sappho, Anakreon).The number of Barbitos strings is not known.