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16                     CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
Apollo and Muses in other musical legends, accord­ing to Diodorui Siculus.
" When Osiris was in Ethiopia,— the Egyptian God Osiris was a port of blending of Bacchus and Apollo — he met a troupe of revelling satyrs, and being a lover pleasure and taking delight in choruses of .music, he admitted them to his already numerous train of musicians. In the midst of these satyrs were nine young maidens, skilled in music and divers scienc
The Egypptians also considered Horus, brother of Osiris, (equivalent to the Greek Apollo) as God of Harmony.
Thus three Gods have the honor of fostering Egyptian music, Osiris, Horus, and Hermes.
Hermes, or (by his Egyptian name) Thoth, was the especial God of many sciences, and is said to have wrilxn two books of song, or works relating to the song-art. According to Diodorus, the Lyre which he had invented had three strings, which representeu the three seasons of Egypt; the deepest string was the wet season, the middle one the growing season, the highest the harvest season: the tones of Egyptian music seem to be taken from the seven heavenly planets, as known to the ancients, and from this circumstance Ambros hazards the conjecture that the diatonic scale was known to them.
Among the mythical musical personages of the earliest Egyptian music, may be mentioned Man-eros, who was son of the first king of Egypt, who succeeded the second dynasty of demi gods.

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