Colossi of Memnon

Definition

The Colossi of Memnon (also known as el-Colossat or el-Salamat) are two monumental statues representing Amenhotep III (1386-1353 BCE) of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt. They are located west of the modern city of Luxor and face east looking toward the Nile River. The statues depict the seated king on a throne ornamented with imagery of his mother, his wife, the god Hapy, and other symbolic engravings. The figures rise 60 ft (18 meters) high and weigh 720 tons each; both carved from single blocks of sandstone.

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  • 1386 BCE - 1353 BCE
    Reign of Amenhotep III of Egypt who commissions the Colossi of Memnon.
  • 65 BCE - 23 CE
    Life of the writer Strabo who visited Colossi of Memnon in Egypt.
  • 193 CE - 211 CE
    Reign of Roman Emperor Septimus Severus who repairs northern statue of the Colossi of Memnon in Egypt.
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