National Geographic : 1922 Oct
Photograph from Kodak (Egypt), Ltd. THE STATUES OF MEMNON AT THEBES More wonderful than the proverbial silence of the Sphinx was the traditional greeting which one ofthese colossal sitting figures ofblack stone, 50 feet high, gave each morning at the coming of dawn. The story was that Memnon, the victim ofAchilles, greeted hismother Eos with a cry at sunrise, and that she shed dew-tears upon her beloved child. Both statues really represent Amenophis III, and thetradition which connected the statue at the right with Memnon dates only from the Roman imperial period, sixteen centuries later.