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Terpandros of Lesbos

Terpandros of Lesbos was a Greek writer, athlete and musician. He was born in 712 BC (Antissa) and died in 645 BC (Sparta).

Terpandros of Lesbos was born in Lesbos, but spent most of his life in Sparta. He also won several musical and literary competitions, including the Pythian Games.

Terpandros is considered the founder of Greek music, as he introduced the seven-stringed lyre, the kithara, and the musical forms that players of these instruments followed. His inspiration was Thracian, Delphic and Lydian music. He also set to music some Homeric hymns.