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As mentioned in the guitar article, kithara doesn't come from guitar, hence the edit.

Number of strings[edit]

The article should state how many strings it has. Badagnani (talk) 05:38, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

References and spelling[edit]

So wikipedia decides to go against the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and all other major art museums in its spelling of Kithara? Of course, we eventually get to this article - but I'm guessing the typical user types Kithara first. There are no phonetic rules for Wikipedia spelling, that I know of - it's true that "Cynic" starts with the same Greek letter - but it was pronounced hard K. Kinokos. Kithara. Maybe the page would get more citations if it were easier to find.Levalley (talk) 00:50, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Whoever wrote definitively that Kithara and Guitar are unrelated terms doesn't know their linguistics. I'm going to put this page, therefore, on the anthropology watchlist, hoping to attract an Indo-Europeanist or an etymologist - or an archaeologist. I have the citations myself, somewhere, but whoever insisted that kithara and guitar are not related needed a citation. IOW, an expert in anthropological linguistics should either edit - or someone should find citations. If I come across them, I'll edit the article.Levalley (talk) 00:55, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Two-Stringed Lyre?[edit]

This article makes reference to a two-stringed lyre. This is not mentioned in the Lyre article. Kortoso (talk) 22:40, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Move dispute[edit]

  • This article started out as kithara (25 January 2005)
  • It was moved by The Man in Question on 8 November 2008‎ with the edit history comment of moved Kithara to Cithara over redirect: According to OED, AHD, Webster, and Encarta, "cithara" is the most accepted
  • It was moved back with a cut and past move by Spettro9 on 11 September 2011‎
  • This cut and past move was not noticed by an administrator until today. I have now fixed the cut and past move (which are depreciated because they destroy edit history which is needed for copyright reasons) by merging the two articles under the article title Cithara. If any more moves are to be made they should only be made using the WP:RM process as there is clearly not a consensus on what name to use. I personally have no opinion on this issue, and have only placed it under its current title to revert the cut and past move. -- PBS (talk) 00:25, 12 April 2013 (UTC)


Why is this in the category "Ancient Hebrew Musical Instruments"? The article talks entirely about Greece and Greek uses, and doesn't even mention the word "Hebrew", much less indicate any Hebraic use.