Memnon Revived by Peter Schweighofer
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
During his expedition to study the numerous inscriptions of Egyptian hieroglyphics that he deciphered, Jean Champollion wants to stop by the Colossi of Memnon. According to legend, one of the statues sings at dawn as the spirit Memnon praises his mother, the goddess Aurora. While Champollion’s new arrived travelling companion Nestor L’Hote dismisses the story, the expedition’s guide Omar is intrigued. After the local sheik denies Champollion permission to cross the Nile because of bandits, but Champollion convinces Omar to row them over before dawn. They arrive just in time and as the bandits start circling, the sunrises and Memnon sings scaring off the bandits as Champollion and Omar listen in wonder. Overall it’s a nice story that connects to some earlier stories around the Iliad and Odyssey but is nothing exciting.