The Singing Colossi of Memnon

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  1. nicholasz219

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    Thanks @Ricardo123, I thought I had seen something similar recently but I couldn’t remember if I posted or who did.

    In either case I like this lady as she travels and figure someone else here probably will too.
  5. ancient coin hunter

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    I've been to the Colussus of Memnon but didn't hear anything. They are supposed to "sing", at least according to Strabo and Pliny.
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  6. Gavin Richardson

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    I backpacked through Egypt as a young man. Spend a month there. Took a felucca on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. It was supposed to take only a few days, but the doldrums meant it took a week. Remarkable memories. I took this photo in 1989. Didn’t hear a thing. I guess the Colossi kept their secrets.
  7. ancient coin hunter

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    I've read that the temple (whose entrance the statues flank) was even larger than Karnak temple at the time. Of course, Karnak was embellished and enlargened by the Ptolemies.
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    @Gavin Richardson Thats a great picture. I hope to go see them myself someday soon.
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