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Lyre of Zeus (13 strings) – ancient Greek lyre – Collector Edition
“Most glorious of Immortals, mighty God invoked by many a name, O sovran King of universal Nature, piloting this world in harmony with Law,—all hail!” – Hymn to Zeus (3rd century B.C.)
This is a replica of a chelys lyre, named after the mighty Zeus, the sky and thunder god who ruled as king of the gods of Mount Olympus. Known for his erotic escapades, he is the father of many godly and heroic offspring, including Athena, Apollo, Aphrodite, Artemis, Hermes, Ares, Persephone, Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, and the Muses.
LUTHIEROS Lyre of Zeus is the biggest and best kylix lyre that has ever come out from our workshop! It is a beautiful instrument not only for its craftsmanship but also for its one of a kind potentials. In practice, this means that we have chosen the best-shaped horns we have found during the last decade for this premium and massive kylix lyre. What differentiates kylix lyres from other ancient replicas is their primitive and genuine design, with a tortoiseshell replica for a soundbox, animal horns for arms, skin for the soundboard, etc. Every one of these lyres is one-of-a-kind, as there are no two pairs of animal horns that can be the same.
LUTHIEROS Lyre of Zeus has 13-strings, and so it gives almost two full octaves, making an ideal instrument for anyone willing to focus on the ancient musical heritage, and for professional musicians with harp (or even piano) background. Whatsmore, by incorporating harmonics and other advanced playing techniques in your playing, the Lyre of Zeus can produce three to four full octaves, including sharps!
Historic Accuracy & Playability
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^ Sophocles playing a lyre with horns for arms and tortoiseshell for a soundbox, in the year 480 B.C. The Greek dramatist of tragedy sings while leading the chorus of victory after the Battle of Salamis. This is a modern work by John Talbott Donoghue (1885) based on the work of Herodotus (5th century B.C.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.
< Sophocles playing a lyre with horns for arms and tortoiseshell for a soundbox, in the year 480 B.C. The Greek dramatist of tragedy sings while leading the chorus of victory after the Battle of Salamis. This is a modern work by John Talbott Donoghue (1885) based on the work of Herodotus (5th century B.C.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.
Bringing Ancient Artifacts Back to Life
To handcraft premium ancient-replicas with a focus to the modern musician, you have to research a lot, analyze hundreds of ancient depictions, build a lot of prototypes, test them with great musicians, etc.
And all of these, to conclude to meaningful compromises that have to be made, that are both deeply justified and make sense in terms of usability/playability. All in all, our ultimate goal is to serve the modern musician, and to bring ancient artifacts back to life as fully functional musical instruments.
Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the LUTHIEROS Lyre of Zeus is made exclusively using natural materials available during the antiquity. All parts are made of quality wood with great musicality, the soundbox is a reproduction of an actual tortoiseshell, while the tuning pegs are made by ebony and mulberry wood. The bottom part of the strings is attached to animal skin, while the plectrum is manufactured by wood.
This ancient artifact was evolved to become a modern musical instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians. For all the minor (but very important) alterations, top-notch technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Modeling and rapid prototyping) as part of University-based research by members of LUTHIEROS family. Key collaborations include the International Hellenic University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Koumartzis et al. (2015). A New Music Instrument from Ancient Times: Modern Reconstruction of the Greek Lyre of Hermes using 3D Laser Scanning, Advanced Computer Aided Design and Audio Analysis. Journal of New Music Research. 44. 324-346.
Maas, M. & McIntosh Snyder, J. (1989). Stringed Instruments of Ancient Greece, New Haven.
Various authors (2012). Greek Musical Instruments: Research in visual and written sources (2000 B.C. - 2000 A.D.), Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
West, M.L. (1992). Ancient Greek Music, Oxford.
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"All of these beautiful lyres, lovingly hand-crafted by Luthieros are indeed, divine artifacts, reintroduced into the modern world… " - Michael Levy, a world-renowned lyre player. Read his extended review here.
"Electric guitars are very often provided with vibrato, tremolo or whammy bars. That concept was in fact invented by the ancient Greeks twenty four hundred years ago. Kithara was a musical instrument very popular during the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. This is a reproduction that was made by the Greek master luthier Anastasios Koumartizis of Luthiers Music Instruments." - Peter Pringle, a professional Canadian musician, and well-known ancient instruments player. Watch his extended video review here.
"Can't be happier with my lyre! Learning how to play this amazing piece of art! The lyre has amazing finishes and you can feel it's made with love and skilfull hands." - Jaume Gual Bennàssar, Balearic Islands, Spain (verified review through Etsy.com).
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Lyre of Zeus (13 strings) – ancient Greek lyre – Collector Edition