Memnon by Scott Oden

By Scott Oden

He lived within the shadow of kings. One depended on him together with his empire; the opposite feared his each move...Memnon of Rhodes (375-333 BCE) walked within the footsteps of giants. As a soldier, sailor, statesman, and common, he was once, within the phrases of Diodorus of Sicily, "outstanding in braveness and strategic grasp." a modern of Demosthenes and Aristotle, Memnon rose from humble origins to command the full of western Asia in a time of strife and slaughter. To his personal humans, he was once a traitor, to his opponents, a mercenary. yet, to the King of Kings, his majesty Darius III of Persia, Memnon was once one guy able to protecting Asia Minor from the emerging strength of the barbaric Macedonians. In a battle pitting Greek opposed to Greek, Memnon proved his caliber past degree. His enemies fought for glory and gold; Memnon fought for anything extra, for loyalty, for honor, and for responsibility. He fought for the affection of Barsine, a girl of outstanding good looks and beauty. such a lot of all, he fought for the promise of peace. during the deathbed reminiscences of a mysterious girl, the lifetime of Memnon unfolds with incredible readability. it's a list of his triumphs and tragedies, his loves and lossess, and of the decision that drove him to face opposed to the main popular determine of the traditional world-the formidable younger conqueror known as Alexander the good.

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Malbushim (Hebrew)—clothing. part one 5 everyone be happy with their share and enjoy it, that’s what I wish with all my heart. And after I’ve lived as many years as I have to live, don’t forget me. Remember to say kaddish* when you can. † ♦♦♦ Bubbe Bashe outlived her husband by many years. In a manner of speaking, she’s still doing it. Not that she sees so well or hears so well or walks so well, but you can’t deny she’s still alive. She’s just more like an old hen than a human being and doesn’t realize that everything has changed.

Moyshe Kulbak, ‘‘From Byelorussia,’’ trans. by Leonard Wolf, in Howe, Wisse, and Shmeruk, The Penguin Book of Modern Yiddish Verse, 388. 17. Ibid. 18. R. ’’ Maisei Kul’bak, Vybranae (Minsk, 1970), 8. 19. , 398. 20. ‘‘The Rabbi’s Son,’’ Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings, 175–176. 21. Nikolai Ostrovskii, Vi shtol hot zikh farkhatevet: Roman in tsvey teyln, ed. M. Kulbak (Minsk: Melukhe farlag, 1937). This Yiddish translation of Nikolai Ostrovskii’s paradigmatic Soviet novel, How the Steel Was Tempered, lists Moyshe Kulbak’s name on the title page, referring to the text having been ‘‘edited’’ (baarbet ) by him; the name of the translator is not listed.

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