Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1.7. Memnon

LCL 256: 28-29


Philostratus: Imagines


(1) Ἡ μὲν στρατιὰ Μέμνονος, τὰ ὅπλα δὲ 25αὐτοῖς ἀπόκειται καὶ προτίθενται τὸν μέγιστον αὐτῶν ἐπὶ θρήνῳ, βέβληται δὲ κατὰ τὸ στέρνον ἐμοὶ δοκεῖν ὑπὸ τῆς μελίας. εὑρὼν2 γὰρ πεδίον εὐρὺ καὶ σκηνὰς καὶ τεῖχος ἐν στρατοπέδῳ καὶ πόλιν συμπεφραγμένην τείχεσιν οὐκ οἶδ᾿ ὅπως 30οὐκ Αἰθίοπες οὗτοι καὶ Τροία ταῦτα, θρηνεῖται

Photograph of a vase with the Death of Memnon painted on the side.


Book I. 7

7. Memnon

This is the army of Memnon; their arms have been laid aside, and they are laying out the body of their chief for mourning; he has been struck in the breast, I think, by the ashen spear. For when I find a broad plain and tents and an entrenched camp and a city fenced in with walls, I feel sure that these are Ethiopians and that this city is Troy

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.philostratus_elder-imagines_book_i_7_memnon.1931