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In wall paintings of the eighteenth dynasty we see flutes, double flutes, and harps of all sizes, from the small one carried in the hand, to the great harps, almost seven feet high, with twenty-one strings; the never-failing sistrum (a kind of rattle); kitharas, the ancestors of our modern guitars; lutes and lyres, the very first in the line of instruments culminating in the modern piano.
Critical and Historical Essays Lectures delivered at Columbia University Edward MacDowell 1884
Apuleius speaks of a concert of flutes, kitharas, and chorus, and mentions its deliciously sweet effect.
Music and Some Highly Musical People James M. Trotter 1867