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Marsyas upon the flute ; and it was not till th6 former added his voice to the music of his lyte that the contest was decided in his favour. As a.just punishment for the presumption of Marsyas, Apollo bound him to a tree, and flayed him alive. His blood was the source of the river Marsyasj and Apollo hung up his skin in the cave out of which that river flows. His flutes (for, according to some, the instrument on which he played was the double flute) were carried by the river Marsyas into the Maeander, and again emerging in the Asopus, were thrown on land by it in the Sicyonian territory, and were dedicated to Apollo in his temple at Sicyon. (Apollod. Bill. i. 4. § 2 ; Palaeph. de Incredib. 48 ; Liban. Narrat. 14, p. 1104; Nonn. Narrat. ad Greg. Inject, ii. 10, p. 164; Diod. iii. 58, 59 ; Paus. ii. 7. § 9 ; Herod, vii. 26 ; Xen. Anab. i. 2. § 8 ; Plut. de Fluv. 10 ; Hygin. Fab. 165 ; Ovid, Metam. vi. 382, 400.) The fable evidently refers to the struggle between the citharoedic and auloedic styles of music, of which the former was connected with the worship of Apollo among the Dorians, and the latter with the orgiastic rites of Cybele in Phrygia. It is easy to apply this explanation to the different parts of the legend; and it may be further illustrated by other traditions respecting Marsyas. He is made by some the inventor of the flute, by others of the double flute. (Plut. de Mus. p. 1132, a.; Suid. s. v.; Athen. iv. p. 184, a,, xiv. p. 616, 617 ; Plin. H. N. vii. 56.) By a confusion between the mythical and the historical, the flute-player Olympus is made his son, or by some his father. He is spoken of as a follower of Cybele (Diod. L c.), and he occupies, in fact, the same place in the orgiastic worship of Cybele that Seilenus does in the worship of Dionysus : Pausanias (I.e.} actually calls him Seilenus, and other writers connect him with Dionysus.
The story of Marsyas was often referred to by the lyric and epigrammatic poets (Bode, Gesch. d. Lyr. Dichtfc. vol. ii. pp. 296, 297; Brunck, Anal. vol. i. p. 488, vol. ii. p. 97), and formed a favourite subject for works of art. (Miiller, Archaol. d. Kunst, § 362, n. 4.) In the fora of ancient cities there was frequently placed a statue of Marsyas, with one hand erect, in token, according to Servius, of the freedom of the state, since Marsyas was a minister of Bacchus, the god of liberty. (Serv. in Aen. iv. 528.) It seems more likely that the statue, standing in the place where justice was ad ministered, was intended to hold forth an example of the severe punishment of arrogant presumption. (Bottiger, Kleine Schriften, vol. i. p. 28.) The statue of Marsyas in the forum of Rome is well known by the allusions of Horace (Sat. i. 6. 120), Juvenal (Sat. ix. J, 2), and Martial (ii. 64.7). This statue was the place of assembly for the courtezans of Rome, who used to crown it with chaplets of flowers. (Plin. H. N. xxi. 3; Senec. de Benef. vi. .32; Lipsius, Antiq. Led. 3.) [P. S.]
MARSYAS (Mccpo-iJas), general of the Alex andrians in their revolt against Ptolemy Physcon. He was taken prisoner by Hegelochus, the com mander of the king's forces, and carried before Ptolemy, who, however, spared his life, (Diodf Exc. Vales, p. 603.) [E. H. B.]
MARSYAS (Map<n5as), literary. Three historical writers of this name are mentioned by Suidas (s. v. Map(7ifas), but there seems no doubt that this arises either from an error of Suidas himself or a corruption of his text, and that there were
in fact only two. (See Bernhardyj ad Suid. I. c<; proysen, Hellenism, vol. i. p. 679.)
1. Son of Periander, a native of Pella, in Macedonia, was a contemporary of Alexander, with whom, according to Suidas, he was educated. The same author calls him a brother of Antigonus, who was afterwards king of Asia, by which an uterine brother alone can be meant, as the father of Antigonus was named Philip. Both these statements point to his being of noble birth, and appear strangely at variance with the assertion that he was a mere professional grammarian (fypafj^aro^i-5«o7faA.os), a statement which Geier conjectures plausibly enough to refer in fact to the younger Marsyas [No. 2]. Suidas, indeed, seems in many points to have confounded the two. The only other fact transmitted to us concerning the life of Marsyas, is that he was appointed by Demetrius to command one division of his fleet in the great sea-fight of Salamis, b. c. 306. (Diod. xx. 50.) But this circumstance is alone sufficient to show that he was a person who himself took an active part in public affairs, not a mere man of letters. It is probable that he followed the fortunes of his step-brother Antigonus. . ....
His principal work was a history of Macedonia, in ten books, commencing from the earliest times, and coming down to the wars of Alexander in Asia, when it terminated abruptly with the return of that monarch into Syria, after the conquest of Egypt and the foundation of Alexandria. (Suid. t. c.) It is repeatedly cited by Athenaeus, Plutarch, Harpocration, and other writers. Whether the T<i vepl 'AA.e|ai/8/)ov which are twice quoted by Harpocration (s. v. *Apiff?lwv, Mapylrris) formed merely a part of the same work, or were altogether distinct, is uncertain, but the former hypothesis seems the more probable. Some authors, however, assign these fragments to the younger Marsyas.
Suidas also speaks of a history of the education of Alexander (adrov rov 'A\€£dv8pov dyoryrfv) as a separate work, and ascribes, moreover, to the elder Marsyas a. treatise on the history or antiquities of Athens ('attik«), in twelve books, which Bernhardy and Geier consider as being the same with the dpxuohoyia, the work of the younger historian of this name.
2. Of Philippi, commonly called the Younger (S v€(&repos\ to distinguish him from the preceding, with whom he has frequently been confounded. The period at which he flourished is uncertain : the earliest writers by whom he is cited are Pliny and Athenaeus. The latter tells us that he was priest of Heracles. (Athen. xi. p. 467, c.) The works of his which we find cited, are, 1. MaiccSo-vucd, whether a geographical or strictly historical treatise is uncertain ; it contained at least six books. (Harpocr. s. v. Arj-nf,) 2. 9Apx<u0X07/0, in twelve books, mentioned by Suidas ; probably, as suggested by Geier, the same with the 'attik& attributed by the lexicographer to the elder Marsyas. 3. Mu0t/ca, in seven books.
The two last works are erroneously attributed by Suidas, according to our existing text, to a third Marsyas, a native of Taba, but it has been satisfactorily shown that this supposed historian is no other than the mythical founder of the city of Taba (Steph. Byz. s. v. Teteai), and that the works ascribed to him belong in fact to Marsyas of Phi-All the questions concerning both the elder and