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									Difference Between the Greek and Egyptian Sphinx
        Along the plateau of Giza, oriented towards the rising sun, the Great Sphinx statue still sits.

Visiting the location it really is difficult to be unmoved; the Sphinx is enormous; 241 ft in length, 20 feet

wide, and 66.34. It is among the earliest AND largest statues on the earth, however apart from these

measurements, we fully understand almost nothing about it. No-one has found out for certain whose

counternance the statue bears, who had it created or even why. We can say for sure the Great Sphinx is

so old the Pharaohs (which include Rameses II) deemed it an exceptionally ancient and directed workers

to restore it, as in their own moment in time the majority of the ancient sculpture had faded under the

sands. Other than that we know of no more writings to mention it's building and we have no idea of its

name. So why do we even call it 'The Sphinx'?

        Greek mythology tells of a mythologic beast which had the body of a lion and the head of a

woman. This beast protected the city of Thebes, although this is Greek Thebes, not the Egyptian city of

the identical name. Based on legend this beast asked each passing traveller a riddle. Which creature in

the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and at night upon 3, and the more legs it has, the

weaker it be? Everyone not able to solve the riddle was promptly strangled by the monster and

swallowed. Based on legend Oedipus escaped killing with this answer "Man who crawls on all fours as a

baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then walks with a cane in old age."Â The beast then simply

leaped from the cliff where she lived, to her death. This particular monster the Greeks called a sphinx,

originating from a Greek word which means 'to strangle' consequently all such monuments of a

mythologic beast with the body of a lion, whether Greek statue or Egyptian statues are now known as

'sphinx'.

        Those who have seen an Egyptian statue of a sphinx may be perplexed - this really does not

seem like a sculpture of a monster. Could there be some kind of error? There are lots of comparable

Egyptian statues exhibiting lion bodied beasts with the heads of different animals (frequently men or
rams) such as the great avenue of nine hundred sphinxes at Thebes in Egypt, however these sphinxes

(we do not really know what the Ancient Egyptians called them. The Egyptian sphinx statue was a

protector, the lions physique symbolized the sun god;Â and that is not the only difference.

        A Greek sphinx staue shows a lion's body, a serpent's tale and the head of a woman. The lion is

sitting down, her front legs vertical, but her most outstanding feature is the set of two eagle's wings

stretching away from her shoulder blades. Egyptian statues depict a prone leonine body and usually

include the head of a man or other animal. Most notably they've no wings at all.

        It seems strange that this one word could come to represent 2 such variations of an ancient

statue, but the Great Sphinx itself has even greater mysteries.

        In 1950Â R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz discovered the evidence associated with what he presumed

was water erosion inside the Sphinx Enclosure. In 1989 a further exploration by geologist, RobertÂ

Schoch, exposed that this 'weathering'Â had been caused by rain, yet the typical annual rainfall within

the region since 2600 BC (when archaeologists believe the sphinx was built) had been only one inch. This

has lead a number of writers to state the sphinx is actually far older than initially thought and dates from

pre-dynastic times, making this particular Egyptian statue over 5000 years old. While many respected

archaeologists point out this can't be true and present alternative answers for the water erosion effect,

the belief that not one other structure on the Giza plateau shows any specific indication of this

weathering renders the question unanswered.

        While it may lack the flamboyance of the winged Greek sphinx statue, the Great Sphinx is

undoubtedly magnificent. We may not know its age or even precisely why ıt had been so very carefully

carved from the rock within the Giza Plateau, however we are privileged to be able to appreciate this

ancient statue and its mysteries, and enjoy the day when they can be entirely unraveled.

								
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