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A mythical king of Ethiopia, was the son of Eos and Tithonus. He went with a large force to Troy to help Priam, his uncle; and there, wearing armour made by Hephaestus, he killed many Greeks including Antilochus, son of Nestor, who died saving his father's life. Finally he fought with Achilles while the two mothers, Eos and Thetis, pleaded with Zeus for their sons' lives. Memnon was killed, and Eos asked Zeus to show him some special honour. Memnon's final combat with Achilles and his body being carried away by Eos were favourite themes in Archaic and Classical vase‐painting. He is given regular heroic features, but often has black African attendants.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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