Memnon's army is described as being too big to be counted and his arrival starts a huge banquet in his honour. As per usual the two leaders (Memnon and Priam) end the dinner by exchanging glorious war stories, and Memnon's tales lead Priam to declare that the Aethiopian King will be Troy's saviour.Despite this, Memnon is very humble and warns that his strength will, he hopes, be seen in battle, although he believes it is unwise to boast at dinner. Before the next day's battle, so great is the divine love towards Memnon that Zeus makes all the other Olympians promise not to interfere in the fighting.
The name "Memnon" means "ruler of dawn". Memnon has lent his name to the Colossi of Memnon; two large statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III near Luxor. This is because they were reputed to make a sound at or soon after dawn.
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