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  Sphinx - LoveToKnow 1911
Sphinxes of granite, andc., occur of the XIIth Dynasty and later.
A falcon-headed sphinx was dedicated to Harmachis in the temple of Abu Simbel, and is occasionally found in sculptures representing the king as Horus, or Mont, the war-god.
Sphinxes of the usual Greek type are represented seated on each side of two doorways in an ancient frieze found by Sir Charles Fellowes at Xanthus in Lycia, and now in the British Museum.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Sphinx   (1275 words)

  
 Sphinx
In ancient Egypt, the Sphinx is a male statue of a lion with the head of a human, sometimes with wings.
The name "sphinx" was applied to the portraits of kings by the Greeks who visited Egypt in later centuries, because of the similarity of these statues to their Sphinx.
The Greek Sphinx was a demon of death and destruction and bad luck.
www.pantheon.org /articles/s/sphinx.html   (274 words)

  
 The UnMuseum - The Sphinx
The Sphinx was the combination of two symbols, a lion god, and the king pharaoh/god, into one icon.
In Greek legend, the Sphinx devoured all travelers who could not answer the riddle it posed: "What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?" The hero Oedipus gave the answer, "Man," causing the Sphinx's death.
His conclusion is that the front and side of the Sphinx dated from 5000 to 7000 BC and was remodeled during Khafre's era to give the likeness of the pharaoh.
www.unmuseum.org /sphinx.htm   (1061 words)

  
  Sphinx - MSN Encarta
Sphinx, in ancient Egypt, the stone figure of a lion in a resting posture, the upper part of the body being that of a human, usually male rather than female.
In some Egyptian sphinxes the upper part of the body is that of a ram, and the creature is known as a Criosphinx.
In Greek mythology, the Sphinx was a monster with the head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lion, and the wings of a bird.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761552395/Sphinx.html   (355 words)

  
 Nekhebet.com - The Egyptian Sphinx
As a symbol of holiness and protection, the Egyptian Sphinx was commonly used as guardian statues for the tombs of pharaohs and high priests.
Surrounding the Egyptian Sphinx is a temple complex, most likely a place of worship for either Horus the lion god, or Ra the sun god, since the Sphinx faces the sunrise.
Since the Sphinx was a symbol of pagan gods, the Arabs defaced it by scratching the eyes and chopping off the nose.
www.nekhebet.com /w_sphinx.html   (608 words)

  
 The Classics Pages - Oedipus and the Sphinx
The sphinx also had an element of Horus, the falcon-headed god of the kings: as is clear from contemporary heads of Khafre, Horus perched behind the king's head, spreading his wings protectively.
The sphinx, along with the similar griffin - also of Egyptian origin - is found at Cnossos, and in Cyprus already they are winged, and sitting upon their haunches with front legs vertical like a cat, wings curving upwards.
Lowell Edmunds, The Sphinx in the Oedipus Legend 1981
www.users.globalnet.co.uk /~loxias/sphinx.htm   (3869 words)

  
 Sphinx
The Greek sphinx had the bust and head of a lady, the wings of an eagle, the body and legs of a lioness, and the tail of a snake or dragon.
As a solar symbol, the sphinx is often associated with the sun god Ra; Horus in the Horizon; and Harmakhis, the Lord of the Two Horizons, who represents the rising and setting sun, rebirth, and resurrection.
Sphinx composed of a man's head and chest, eagle's wings, a bull's hindquarters, and a lions' forequarters became symbols of the Biblical tetramorph and the four living creatures of Revelation.
www.monstrous.com /monsters/sphinx.htm   (549 words)

  
 The Great Sphinx
The name 'sphinx' which means 'strangler' was first given by the Greeks to a fabulous creature which had the head of a woman and the body of a lion and the wings of a bird.
The Egyptian sphinx is usually a head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion.
The sphinx faces the rising sun with a temple to the front which resembles the sun temples which were built later by the kings of the 5th Dynasty.
www.touregypt.net /sphinx.htm   (597 words)

  
 The Sphinx
The Sphinx was likely carved out of the bedrock with stone hammers and copper chisels, and as it was being sculpted, a large defect was found in the rock near its hindquarters.
There are several stories explaining the Sphinx's famous missing nose; one is that it fell off when Napoleon's archaeologists were investigating the statue; another is that the Mameluke army used the Sphinx for target practice, and a lucky artillery shot blew it off.
The Sphinx's face, which in ancient times was painted dark red, was also decorated with a stone beard and displayed a sculpted cobra on its forehead, both of which have also fallen off.
www.amazeingart.com /seven-wonders/sphinx.html   (869 words)

  
 Guardian's Sphinx
The Sphinx of Giza is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years.
A German Egyptologist has even suggested that the Sphinx was built by the father of Khafre, King Khufu, who was also the builder of the Great Pyramid.
Thutmosis had a dream that the Sphinx spoke to him and promised that if he would free the Sphinx from the sand, Thutmosis would be destined to become king of Egypt.
guardians.net /egypt/sphinx   (839 words)

  
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The Sphinx, unlike the Pyramids, is carved out of the living rock.
He had a hunch that the curious harking back to the epoch of 10,500 BC by the pyramid builders of Giza was an invitation by them to consider the actual age of the Sphinx.
The Sphinx, in other words, was made to look at his own image in the horizon - and consequently at his own 'time'.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Delphi/3499/sphinx.htm   (1078 words)

  
 Sphinx, Egypt  -  Travel Photos by Galen R Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Sphinx of Giza is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years.
The most popular and current theory of the builder of the Sphinx holds that it was commissioned by the 4th Dynasty King, Khafre (2558-2532 BCE) one of the sons of Khufu (Cheops) who himself is recognized as the builder of the Great Pyramid.
From the north side the profile of the Sphinx reveals the proportion of the body to the head.
www.galenfrysinger.com /egypt_sphinx.htm   (378 words)

  
 Sphinx Facts and Schematics - Crystalinks
The Sphinx is oriented due east - facing the rising sun - near the 30th parallel - and may well be the oldest monument on the Giza Plateau since long-term water weathering has been found in the great pit in which it lays.
The Western name "Sphinx" was given to it in antiquity based on the legendary Greek creature with the body of a lion and the head of a woman, though Egyptian sphinxes have the head of a man. The ancient Greek term itself is postulated to be a corruption of the ancient Egyptian Shesep-ankh.
The head of the Sphinx was altered many times by the Pharaohs therefore it is best remembered with the head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion.
www.crystalinks.com /sphinxfacts.html   (1882 words)

  
 Guardian's Sphinx
The Sphinx of Giza is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years.
From the north side the profile of the Sphinx reveals the proportion of the body to the head.
Thutmosis had a dream that the Sphinx spoke to him and promised that if he would free the Sphinx from the sand, Thutmosis would be destined to become king of Egypt.
www.guardians.net /egypt/sphinx   (839 words)

  
 SPHINX : Woman-headed lion, labor Oedipus ; Greek mythology ; pictures : PHIX
THE SPHINX (or Phix) was a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle's wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail.
SPHINX (Sphinx), a monstrous being of Greek mythology, is said to have been a daughter of Orthus and Chimaera, born in the country of the Arimi (Hes.
The Sphinx, weaving her words in darkling measures, I fled not; I faced the bloody jaws of the fell prophetess and the ground white with scattered bones.
www.theoi.com /Ther/Sphinx.html   (2265 words)

  
 Rediscover Ancient Egypt - The Sphinx of Egypt at Giza
All scholars agree that the Sphinx is a solar symbol.
The Sphinx consists of the body of the lion symbolizing the power, in its physical form and the head of man, symbolizing intelligence and consciousness.
The head of the Sphinx was made of a hard strata which is resistant to the effects of the natural elements.
www.egypt-tehuti.org /sphinx.html   (1246 words)

  
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The image represented by the Sphinx is generally accepted as Chephren, son of King Cheops, builder of the Great Pyramids at Giza.
Tales of a tunnel stretching from the Sphinx to the Great Pyramids have also been negated, although two passages were found in 1978, one behind the head of the Sphinx and another on the tail.
Despite its fundamental enigma, the image of the Sphinx remains in the mind of history as the keystone of ancient Egyptian civilisation and a part of its religious beliefs.
www.arab.net /egypt/et_sphinx.htm   (925 words)

  
 The Great Sphinx -Greek Mythology Egyptian Myth- Picture Poem Poetry History Egypt Sphinx Roman Sphynx spinx
The name was subsequently applied to the Egyptian and other arabic sphinxes because of their physical similarity to descriptions of the mythical Greek Sphinx, although the construction of the Great Sphinx in Giza Egypt certainly predates the Greek story.
The Egyptian sphinx is usually a head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion.
The Heritage - The Sphinx was one of the ill-fated offspring of the monsters Typhon (which breathed fire, had a hundred venomous heads and was eventually pinned by Zeus under Mt. Etna), and Echidna (which had a beautiful nymph's head and the body of a giant serpent).
www.mythicalrealm.com /creatures/sphinx.html   (640 words)

  
 The Sphinx   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Sphinx was a body of a lion and had the wings of a bird.
It is said that when she asked the riddle: What has four feet in the morning, two at noon, and three at night.
The Sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a god or king.
library.thinkquest.org /CR0211481/Maya_Sphinx/sphinx.htm   (218 words)

  
 Photo 1 of 119, Sphinx
Sphinx did quite a bit of faux "pebble jewelry" -- costume versions of 19th-century Scottish pieces usually made of sterling and set with amethysts, cairngorm (citrine/topaz-colored stones) and/or Scottish agate in various colors.
Marked with the Sphinx oval mark close to the middle of the central plaque; also marked "7309".
Also, although they fit into holes in the backing that the pendant was on in the box, they're a little too deep -- if the padded backing is pushed all the way into the box, it will bend the posts on the earrings.
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 The Story Of The Sphinx
The name was subsequently applied to the Egyptian and other arabic sphinxes because of their physical similarity to descriptions of the mythical Greek Sphinx, although the construction of the Great Sphinx certainly predates the Greek story.
Between the forelegs of the Sphinx and in front of his chest, is the "Dream" Stela (a carved or inscribed commemorative stone slab or pillar) of Thutmose IV (c.1400-1390 BCE).
Egyptologists have long believed that the head of the Great Sphinx was intended to be a likeness of the pharaoh Khafre because of the proposed dates of its construction, the use of the royal headpiece and its physical relationship to Khafre's pyramid.
www.sphinx-egypt.com /sphinx_story.htm   (1913 words)

  
 Civilization.ca - Egyptian civilization - Architecture - Sphinx
The face of the Great Sphinx is believed to be that of Chephren, the fourth-dynasty pharaoh who built the second-largest pyramid in the Giza triad.
For example, a sphinx of Queen Hatshepsut was sculpted with her face and a pharaoh's beard.
Images of the sphinx are found in various sizes and shapes, as the collection at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the temples throughout Egypt attest.
www.civilization.ca /civil/egypt/egca15e.html   (567 words)

  
 Sphinx | Esfinge, Greek Mythology Link - www.maicar.com
When many had already perished, Oedipus, having heard the proclamation, came to Thebes, and meeting the Sphinx, gave the right answer, declaring that the riddle referred to man; for as a little child he is four-footed, as an adult two-footed, and as an old man he uses a staff as a third limb.
So, believing the Sphinx can be easily explained, they, much like Oedipus, answer this riddle by making up their own mature stories, which they find so perfectly rational, that even a child could inmediately grasp it.
So for example, some have affirmed that the Sphinx came with a fleet on a piratical expedition, and having put in at Anthedon, she seized a mountain, and used it for plundering raids.
homepage.mac.com /cparada/GML/Sphinx.html   (1380 words)

  
 The UnMuseum - The Sphinx
The Sphinx was the combination of two symbols, a lion god, and the king pharaoh/god, into one icon.
In Greek legend, the Sphinx devoured all travelers who could not answer the riddle it posed: "What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?" The hero Oedipus gave the answer, "Man," causing the Sphinx's death.
His conclusion is that the front and side of the Sphinx dated from 5000 to 7000 BC and was remodeled during Khafre's era to give the likeness of the pharaoh.
unmuseum.mus.pa.us /sphinx.htm   (0 words)

  
 Sphinx Erosion
The head of the Sphinx is carved from Member III which is also hard (it was quarried for the core blocks of the Giza pyramids).
Also, while the Sphinx enclosure lies at the drainage point of much of the Giza necropolis, the tombs at Saqqara are high on the desert plateau and thus in a drier place regardless of rainfall.
Schoch concludes that the Sphinx was carved in two stages: the Sphinx's head and main body in the first stage, and the Sphinx's back end in the second stage (possibly as a part of Khafre's reconstruction).
www.catchpenny.org /sphinx.html   (1503 words)

  
 Beit el-Wali cast   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Great Sphinx is a large human-headed lion that was carved from a mound of natural rock.
The beginning of one story about the Great Sphinx is written on a stele between the sphinx's paws.
He dreamt that the Great Sphinx promised that he would become the ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt if he cleared away the sand covering its body (the Great Sphinx was covered up to its neck).
www.ancientegypt.co.uk /pyramids/about/sphinx.html   (216 words)

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