Colossi of Memnon

In 27 BCE, a large earthquake reportedly shattered the northern colossus.  Following its rupture, the remaining lower half of this statue was then reputed to “sing” on various occasions.  The description varied; Strabo said it sounded “like a blow”, Pausanias compared it to “the string of a lyre” breaking, but it also was described as the striking of brass or whistling.


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