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Author Rosenmeyer, Patricia A.,
Title The language of ruins : Greek and Latin inscriptions on the Memnon Colossus / Patricia A. Rosenmeyer.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]

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Author Rosenmeyer, Patricia A.,
Subject Memnon (Mythological character) -- Statues -- Egypt -- Thebes (Extinct city)
Memnon (Mythological character) -- Cult -- Egypt -- Thebes (Extinct city)
Inscriptions, Greek -- Egypt -- Thebes (Extinct city)
Inscriptions, Latin -- Egypt -- Thebes (Extinct city)
Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Egypt -- Thebes (Extinct city)
Egypt -- Civilization -- 332 B.C.-638 A.D.
Description 1 online resource (xx, 265 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Reading the colossus: the Memnon inscriptions -- Worshipping the colossus: sacred tourism at Thebes -- Talking with the colossus: the rhetoric of address -- Homeric Memnon -- Sapphic Memnon -- Modern Memnon.
Summary A colossal statue, originally built to honour an ancient pharaoh, still stands today in Egyptian Thebes, with more than a hundred Greek and Latin inscriptions covering its lower surfaces. Partially damaged by an earthquake, and later re-identified as the Homeric hero Memnon, it was believed to 'speak' regularly at daybreak. By the middle of the first century CE, tourists flocked to the colossus of Memnon to hear the miraculous sound, and left behind their marks of devotion (proskynemata): brief acknowledgments of having heard Memnon's cry; longer lists by Roman administrators; and more elaborate elegiac verses by both amateur and professional poets. This text is the first critical assessment of all the inscriptions considered in their social, cultural, and historical context.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 23, 2018).
ISBN 9780190626327 (electronic book)
0190626321 (electronic book)
9780190626334 (electronic book)
19062633X (electronic book)
9780190626310 (alkaline paper)
OCLC # 1019833512
Additional Format Print version: Rosenmeyer, Patricia A. Language of ruins. New York : Oxford University Press, 2017 9780190626310 (DLC) 2017049334

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