National Geographic : 1926 Mar
Photograph by H.Bechard TWO OFI THE WORLD'S LARGEST AND LONGEST SITTERS, THE COLOSSI Of' MEMNON For more than 3,000 years these great sandstone images of King Amenhotep III have gazed tranquillyover the Nile Valley. Once part of a huge and richly decorated temple built by this 'king to commemorate his triumphs in Asia, where he extended Egypt's power beyond the Euphrates, they now stand quite alone, rising 65 feet above the ground and measuring 20 feet across the shoulders. The misnomer "Colossi ofMemnon" probably came about through the misreading by the Greeks of the names of Amenhotep III. Note the statues ofthe king's wife and mother at either side of his lower limbs.