In Greek mythology the son of Eos, the goddess of dawn, and Tithonos. According to Homeric tradition, he brought weapons forged by Hephaistos from Ethiopia to Troy to help his father's family relieve Ilium. There he fought against Achilles, another son of a god. The outcome was determined by Zeus's golden scales: Memnon fell at the hand of Achilles. Greek travellers to Egypt connected a number of monuments there with Memnon, and the so-called Colossi of Memnon still bear his name. These two sandstone statues of Amenhotep III are located at the eastern end of what was once his mortuary temple on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes. In 27 BC the northernmost statue was damaged by an earthquake. From that time on it produced a noise every morning at sunrise, perhaps occasioned by the wind blowing through a crack caused by the earthquake or by the stone expanding in the heat of the sun. Greek authors who experienced this wonder describe it as Memnon singing a song to his mother, although Strabo suspected that Egyptians from the area were perhaps making the noise. The Roman Emperor Septimus Severus (193-211 AD) repaired the statue, after which it never 'sang' again.