- a satyr who lost in a flute-playing competition with Apollo and was flayed alive as a penalty.
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The preferring of Apollo and his instruments to Marsyas and his instruments is not at all strange, I said.The Republic
For Socrates produces the same effect with the voice which Marsyas did with the flute.
That you are, and a performer far more wonderful than Marsyas.
I thought of Marsyas, whom the god flayed because he had dared to rival him in song.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
And so shall the children of Apollo suffer and share the pain of Marsyas.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches