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110                  CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
inscriptions, according to the custom ol Greece. Not content however, with this, he also caused the statues of all previous victors to be pulled down and thrown in the sewers.
He took the prize (of course) in every Greek contest in which he participated. Competition was freely invited, though not as freely tolerated.
In one of the Grecian contests a musician entered the lists against him, who was very proud of his skill, and could not be bought; he contested the prize so obstinately and skilfully, that Nero's soldiers also entered the contest by driving him to the wall, and killing him in sight of the audience;* the prize was awarded to Nero.
His return from the tour was made with grand pomp; on reaching Naples, he had a breach made in the walls ^according to Greek custom) and made his triumphal entry into the city, through it. In the same manner he entered Rome and Antium. In Rome he arrogated to himself a full triumph, and entered in state; all his prizes to the number of eighteen hundred were placed in chariots, and appeared in the procession, each one bearing an inscription as to where and when it was won. Statues were set up, and medals struck in honor of his unprecedented musical success. From this time forward, until his death he did not abate in his musical studies or ardor.
Towards the close of his reign, he took much interest in the water organ, of which we have previously given a description.
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