added by archaeologs
Barbiton, an instrument of music used by Sappho and Alcaeus, and therefore called Lesboum by Horace. Some say it had three strings, others seven. How it differed from the lyra and cithara is not precisely known. Strabo makes it the same with the sambuca.
CLASSICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, LAWS, INSTITUTIONS, ARTS, ETC. CELEBRATED NATIONS OF ANTIQUITY, THE MIDDLE AGES. TO WHICH IS PREFIXED A SYNOPTICAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF ANCIENT HISTORY. BY P. AUSTIN NUTTALL, LL.D.