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Memnonides
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(Μεμνονίδες/Memnonídes; Lat. Memnoniae aves).The legend of the birds of Memnon is closely associated with the grave of Memnon [1] on the river Aisepus. According to Paus. 10,31,6 Polygnotus had portrayed Memnon wearing a robe painted with birds in the picture of Hades on the Lesche of the Cnidians at Delphi. The extant versions probably date back to scholarly of Alexandrine poetry: according to Q. Smyrn. 2,642-655 it is the companions of Memnon who are turned into birds by Eos (similar to Serv. Aen. 1,751, though with a fight motif). They cover the grave of…

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Scherf, Johannes (Tübingen), “Memnonides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e731510>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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