from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology An Ethiopian king killed by Achilles and made immortal by Zeus.
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- proper n. An Ethiopian king and son of Tithonus and Eos. Considered a great warrior he fought on the side of Troy and was killed by Achilles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A celebrated Egyptian statue near Thebes, said to have the property of emitting a harplike sound at sunrise.
Another well-known colossus is the statue of the so-called Memnon, now in the British Museum.
Risias, a delegate from Pallene, had a son called Memnon who was one of the damiurgi who were opposed to the resolution being moved and voted upon.
Amenophis, also called Memnon, found also at Thebes in the year 1818.
The voice of the weird spirit of "Memnon" who sits enthroned within the awful wastes of the desert sands, moans on and on, ever the same awe-inspiring warning.
"Memnon," said Mr. Skymer as we issued by the gate, "I want you to carry this gentleman home."
"Memnon," said Mr. Skymer, "go home and tell Mr.. Waterhouse I hope to bring a gentleman with me to lunch."
"Memnon" was stranded at Ras Assayr near Cape Guardafui, no outrage was attempted by the barbarians, upon whose barren shores our seamen remained for months labouring at the wreck.
As soon as Antipater got word of the Spartan uprising, he struck a quick peace deal with Memnon in Thrace and marched his men south into Greece.
Memnon had taken the fleet north from Cos after his defeat at Halicarnassus and seized the island of Chios, then sailed to Lesbos, which he captured except for the chief town of Mytilene.
This was a proven policy to build goodwill among the inhabitants of hostile territory, but Alexander cleverly added that they should take special care not to damage the estates belonging to the Greek-born Persian general Memnon of Rhodes.
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