The Western Lines

October 14, 2009

Secrets of Egypt – Episode 3: The Sphinx

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Ancient Egypt,Archaeology,Egyptian Archaeology,Sphinx — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:01 am

This is the third episode of a new historical documentary series probing the secrets of Ancient Egypt. In today’s episode we probe the mystery of The Sphinx.

One of the ancient world’s more recognizable wonders, it is a massive structure, 65 feet tall, with a lion’s body and human face. But was the Sphinx originally built with a lion’s head and later remodeled? To this day, no one knows definitively who built the Sphinx more than 4,500 years ago. Some historians believe Pharaoh Khafre built it, but the statue’s face does not have his ceremonial false beard. Other experts believe it represents his father, Pharaoh Khufu, the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Was it meant to intimidate, by showing that the dead — but highly feared — Khufu was still watching over the population? And was the statue originally of an early Egyptian “Lion King,” with a lion’s head, only to be modified to honor a human king?

Secrets of Egypt – Episode 3: The Sphinx
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