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- Publisher: Charles River Editors (July 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2013
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helpful in understanding the story of this great edifice in Egypt which has endured for centuries.Worth perusing.
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The Great Sphinx is thought to be the tomb of Pharoah Khafreh, son of Pharoah Khufu who built the Great Pyramid at Giza. No one has ever been able to enter the Sphinx, but that's not for lack of trying.
Most of us probably learned about this creature, considered to be female (but built male for the Pharoah's tomb) when we read Oedipus Rex. The play, written in 429 B.C.E., includes the famous riddle of the Sphinx.
The tomb itself was built in the third millennium B.C.E.
I was told, long ago, that the face of the Sphinx was disfigured when Napoleon's men used it for target practice. This book says otherwise. According to the book a Suffi Muslim grew angry when he saw people leaving offerings in front of the Sphinx, and took it out on the monument. That was in 1378 C.E.
Even disfigured the Sphinx is an important tourist attraction, as are all the pyramids and their treasures on display on Egypt's various museums. 12.8 million tourists visited Egypt and spent about 11 billion dollars. In 2010 more than 14 million visited Cairo, but that number dropped to 9 million the next year due to military unrest.
My teachers have told me that the Sphinx had to be dug out of sand that nearly covered it; this book confirms it. I've often wondered what would happen if they dug huge trenches beside the Sphinx. Since I'm no archeologist, someone must have used one of those machines that they used in the first Jurassic Park movie. They must have x-rayed the ground and figured out it was a stupid idea. Can't blame me for thinking about it.
After all, I want to know what's inside the Sphinx, too.