The Authentic Lyre of Mount Olympus – Chelys, 13strings – Handcrafted – Collector’s edition
“But when the twelfth dawn after this day appeared, the gods who live forever came back to Olympos all in a body and Zeus led them; […] Thetis […] emerged from the sea’s waves early in the morning and went up to the tall sky and Olympos.” – Homer, Iliad (1. 493 ff)
This is a one-of-a-kind collectible and premium quality musical instrument, that was actually played in the very same Mount Olympos that Homer describes in his narratives as the land of the Twelve Olympians Gods (Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite etc.).
Among the others, from its very same soundbox the Delphic Hymns were sound once more at the Mount Olympos, played by our lyricist, Lina, during the Prometheia 2014 (annual rituals that revive parts of the Ancient Greek religion). Due to this fact, this ancient replica lyre is highly collectible, as the first one of Luthieros’ workshop that helped revive long-forgotten ancient rituals.
What’s more, it is a really one-of-a-kind lyre as its soundbox is curved by a solid piece of mulberry wood, and it is very rare to find such a solid mulberry piece with the quality needed to produce a premium instrument’s soundbox.
Manufactured at the premises of the ancient Europos (Northern Greece) by a family of musicians and luthiers, the “Authentic Lyre of Mount Olympus” is made of (and only) natural materials available during the antiquity. This ancient artefact was evolved to become a modern music instrument ready to be used by both amateur and professional musicians (for example, a modern tuning method was chosen instead of the ancient hard-to-use one). For all the minor (but very important) alterations, latest technologies were used during the prototyping phase (such as 3d Scanning and 3d Modelling).
This lyre has 13 nylon & gut strings (a set of additional strings are included). The soundbox is made by a solid piece of wood manufactured to have the deeper and richer sound possible, the sound-board by animal skin, the arm, the tailpiece, the crossbar, the tunings keys and the bridge by wood, and the plectrum by wood. The lyre’s height is 83 cm with 65 cm width, while its soundbox dimensions are 35 x 24 x 11 cm, and the length of its vibrating strings is 66 cm (the player can adjust this length by 3-5 cm).
Due to its superior quality soundbox (thanks to its dimensions), the sound produced by this instrument is amazingly rich and deep!
We use only top quality kinds of wood, ideal for musical instruments, such as walnut, cherry, mahogany, mulberry, maple, ebony etc. In case you are interested to learn what specific kinds of wood we used for this specific lyre’s parts, don’t hesitate to ask us!
Along with every lyre, a handbook is provided including all the different ancient Greek scales (for tuning the lyre) in the Aristoxenian tradition such as the Mixolydian, the Phrygian, the Dorian etc. What’s more, the oldest music melodies that had survived are also included such as the Hellenistic “Seikilos Epitaph” (2.000 years old, the oldest complete melody of the human kind), and further descriptions regarding what modes were used in the antiquity for evoking specific feelings such as sorrow, happiness, bravery etc. Last, a full-color 68-pages book (in the form of a .pdf file) will be given upon request, with more than 100 photos, describing the research behind our lyres and the whole design process.
Since the beginning of 2015, every Luthieros lyre comes with a wooden plectrum, an extra set of nylon strings and a unique hand-strap (in Greek: “τελαμών”). A premium package, for a premium and authentic music instrument! A beautifully handmade premium wooden case for storing and moving around the instrument is also available here.
Additionally to the above, a beautifully manufactured premium wooden case especially designed for this instrument will be also shipped to store and protect your new premium lyre.
The lyres available for purchase are very limited. Needles to say that no animals were harmed…
“Now the goddess Eos (Dawn) drew close to tall Olympos with her message of light to Zeus and the other immortals.” – Homer, Iliad (2. 48 ff)
| Learn how to play the ancient Greek lyre!
Michael Levy, the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world, put together for us 11 video lessons (available online at our website). No matter if you are a completely amateur or a professional music player, you can play the lyre following Michael’s steps: http://en.luthieros.com/learn-to-play-the-lyre
| Hear how our ancient lyres sound:
(1) Hear how the “Game of Thrones” theme song would sound like if it was played in Ancient Greece (must-see), hear audio recordinga from various of our lyres, or watch players around the world playing ancient melodies with Luthieros Music Instruments: http://en.luthieros.com/be-inspired-by-players-around-the-world
(2) Check the latest music album by world-known lyre player, Michael Levy, using Luthieros’ Lyre of Apollo! Support his music on iTunes or his website: http://www.ancientlyre.com/
| Check a short presentation of “The Lyre 2.0 Project”:
https://vimeo.com/85653759 (in English)
| Read the extended review of one of our lyres by the most well-known ancient lyre player around the world: http://www.ancientlyre.com/the_lyre_20_project/
* Dozens of music stringed instruments around the world are direct descendants of the ancient Greek lyre: gue (Scotland), rote (England), crwth (Wales), hearpe (Germanic or Anglo-Saxon lyre), giga (Norway), talharpa (Estonia), jouhikko (Finland), knar (Armenia), lutnia (Poland), kinnor (Israel), sarangi (Nepal), sammu or tanbura or zami or zinar (Iraq, Arabian peninsula, Yemen), barbat or ektara (Pakistan), ektara (India and Bangladesh), nares-jux (Siberia), chang (Iran), kissar or tanbura or simsimiyya (Egypt, Sudan), begena or dita or krar (Ethiopia), endongo or ntongoli (Uganda), kibugander or litungu or nyatiti or obokano (Kenya) and litungu (Tanzania).
** Minor alterations might be present in the final instrument (regarding the colour or the kind of wood that was used for smaller parts) that you will receive in comparison with the images. For this reason, every instrument from the Luthieros team is undoubtedly unique. In case though you want the exact model that was photographed, please state it during the checkout!