Lyra(i) (Gk. lura)
- Martha Maas
The lyre of ancient Greece (it is classified as a chordophone). The Greek word lura was used in two ways in classical times: as a general term for any instrument of the lyre family (i.e. the Barbitos , chelys lyra, Kithara and Phorminx ), and as the common name for one of the two kinds of lyre made from the shell of the tortoise (...