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Sphinx photos 1998



(the name means "throttler") monster with the head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lion, and the wings of a bird (according to Greek mythology).
Lying crouched on a rock, she stopped everyone who wanted to enter the city of Thebes and asking them a riddle, "What is it that has four feet in the morning, two at noon, and three at night?" She killed everyone that couldn't solve the riddle.
When Oedipus solved the riddle by answering, "Man, who crawls on four limbs as a baby, walks upright on two as an adult, and walks with the aid of a stick in old age", the sphinx killed herself.
(Were there many dead bodies around or none dared to visit Thebes until then?)
In Egyptian mythology, sphinxes were guardian deities, and had the body of a lion and the head of a ram or a man, mostly resembling the ruling pharaoh.
The most famous of all Egyptian sphinxes is the Great Sphinx of Giza, from around 2500 BC, and is about 20 m high and about 73 m long.
During Napoleonic days the Sphinx head was used for gunnery practice, hence the 'funny' nose.

You can click on these photos for an enlargement.

Great Sphinx
of Giza 1.
Great Sphinx
of Giza 2.
Great Sphinx
of Giza 3.
Great Sphinx
of Giza 4.

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