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Mentuemhet, Mentor, and Weaver

Congrats to St. Louis and the Cards. I spend a good bit of time in that city, and will be there again next month. It's been many years since I was in Detroit, and only then passing through to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I did get a little study in during the game. For sure, the friend and steward of Odysseus variously called Mentor and Mentes corresponds to Mentuemhet (a.k.a. Masaharta/Ahasuerus). He was therefore not included among the "suitors" or rivals of Odysseus/Ihtes-amun/Amenhotep but was instead a more or less neutral party in the "post-Troy" aftermath.

The Odyssey ends with the following lines:

" 'Odysseus, noble son of Laertes, stop this warful strife, or Zeus will be angry with you.' Thus spoke Athene, and Odysseus obeyed her gladly. Then Athene assumed the form and voice of Mentor, and presently made a covenant of peace between the two contending parties".

In actual history, Amenhotep/Tanuatamun/Teuman/Cambyses II (Odysseus) was killed by Smendes II/Assurbanipal/Smirdis (Tisamenos). Assurbanipal was in turn killed by Darius son of Ahasuerus (Mentes). Taharqa/Asyges (Temenos) killed his former ally Ramses III-Psuennes/Cyrus (Kresphontes) in battle, but was later captured by Cyrus II (younger son of Mentes). Darius and Cyrus II then took over "the kingdom".

Whoop There It Is!

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