Less frequently we hear of the flute (pipe) and later also of the fiddle (ficYele).
And now to-night my flute has waked the echoes over that very water.
According to the legend, Athena, who had invented the flute, threw it away in disgust, because it distorted the features.
The legend that Athena, observing in the water the distortion of her features caused by playing that instrument, flung it away, probably indicates that the Boeotians whom the Athenians regarded with contempt, used the flute in their worship of the Boeotian Athena.
He was a man of high character and benevolent disposition, a fine flute-player, and a generous master to his slaves, for whose children he invented the rattle.