We see these terms used often, but also sometimes incorrectly.
I was discussing this with a colleague recently, about whether there was an
article or specific reference out there that positively differentiates between the
three various and commonly encountered forms of this stringed instrument?
According to Wikipedia
: The lyre is a string instrument known for its use in Greek classical antiquity and later
periods. The lyre is similar in appearance to a small harp but with distinct differences. . . .
A classical lyre has a hollow body or sound-chest (also known as soundbox or resonator),
which, in ancient Greek tradition, was made out of turtle shell. Kithara
: The kithara had a deep, wooden sounding box composed of two resonating tables, either
flat or slightly arched, connected by ribs or sides of equal width. Chelys
: The chelys was a stringed musical instrument which had a convex back of tortoise shell
or of wood shaped like the shell.
Anyone know of a better (or the best
) scholarly or academic resource than the above?