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Aurorae. Memnon, prince of the Ethiopians, son of Aurora and of Tithonus, half-brother of Priam, fought at Troy in arms procured from Vulcan by his mother ( Virg. Aen.VIII. 384), and was slain by Achilles, an incident not recorded in Homer. Ovid has several allusions to his colour, as Ex Pont. III. iii. 96, Memnonio cycnos esse colore putem. His story was the subject of the “Αἰθιοπίς” ascribed to Arctinus, and also of a play of Sophocles.
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