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My name is Clyde Adams III, alias Memnon. Email me, if you wish. This is my personal web site, which has existed and evolved since 1996, although the domain itself is relatively new.

This site is not connected with the Swedish company Memnon Network Applications, which owns the Swedish domain and site They contacted me in November, 2001, wanting to acquire the domain from me, but I was not interested.

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Why Memnon?

I have long been fascinated by the cry of Memnon, the sound made by a statue to greet the dawn.

The picture on the home page shows the Memnon colossi; the one on your right as you face them is the one that made the sound. These statues represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and stood in front of his funerary temple; the temple itself is long gone.

Because of the statue’s cry at dawn (and possibly because they garbled the Pharaoh’s name), the Greeks and Romans identified the statue with the legendary hero Memnon, son of Eos, Greek goddess of the dawn. (The Roman counterpart of Eos is Aurora.) That legendary Memnon was an Ethiopian prince mentioned in the Iliad; he fought on the Trojan side in the Trojan War. Memnon’s father was the Ethiopian king Tithonus, and his grandfather was the Trojan king Laomedon.

I first heard of the cry of Memnon from a short passage in Oscar Wilde’s story “The Happy Prince”, which I read in 1965. Shortly after that, I read Rupert T. Gould’s article “The Cry of Memnon” in his book Enigmas.

In May, 2003, I received an email from composer Franklin Stover, who informs me he “wrote a work for orchestra in 1990 I call, ‘Hymn of Memnon’. It was recently recorded in Slovakia. I too have long been interested in Memnon.”

I just discovered that Edgar Allan Poe’s poem "The Coliseum" refers to the cry of Memnon:

Prophetic sounds, and loud, arise forever
From us, and from all ruin, unto the wise,
As in old days from Memnon to the sun.
We rule the hearts of mightiest men:—we rule
With a despotic sway all giant minds.

Clark Ashton Smith (1893–1961) wrote a prose poem called “The Memnons of the Night”; (1917).

The name Memnon occurs in history and literature in some other, unrelated contexts. For example