Riddle of the Sphinx

Riddle of the SphinxAt 57m long, 6m wide and 20m high, the Great Sphinx at Giza is the largest single-stone sculpture in the world. But who built it? Dr Vassil Dobrev, from the French Institute in Cairo, is on the verge of cracking the riddle of the Sphinx!

In Ancient Egyptian mythology, a sphinx is a zoomorphic figure, usually depicted as a recumbent lioness or lion with a human head, but occasionally as a lion with the head of a falcon, hawk, or ram. The figure had its origin in the Old Kingdom and is associated with the solar deity Sekhmet. The use of heads of other animals atop the lioness body followed the titular deities of the city or region where they were built or which were prominent in the Egyptian pantheon at the time.

Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Egyptian concept, was exported into many other cultures, albeit often interpreted quite differently due to translations of descriptions of the originals and the evolution of the concept in relation to other cultural traditions.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Brian B

    I find anything with Zahi Hawass hard to swallow because he's such a hack. Actual knowledge about Egyptian history comes from western archaeologist. He only contributes beliefs .

  2. fat_finny

    Extremely unscientific, unfounded rubbish. DON'T BOTHER WATCHING THIS!

  3. Mustafa Mehmood

    pathetic documentary please do not watch.

  4. Liarra sims

    purely incorrect.. the head was added to the body a while after it was built it orginally ha the head of a lion.. etc.. none of this is correct..

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  6. Rich Piercy

    Lol they describe the pyramids as tombs. I stopped it there.

  7. fender24

    Schwaller speculated that ancient Egypt owed its core knowledge to an earlier lost civilization, or lost stage of its own civilization, that dated back to prehistoric times. He suggested that the weathering of the Sphinx was caused by water, not wind and sand. If true, this meant that the monument may have predated the onset of the current arid regime and may be a surviving structure from that earlier culture. During the transition from the last ice age to the present desert environment, Egypt experienced rainfall heavier than any that has fallen in historic times. These rains fell in intervals between 10,000 and 3000 BCE and then tapered off to their current level of about 20 cm per year by about 2200 BCE.

  8. lex lexich

    the lion is older than the head, for it is simply not possible that someone, who put so much stress on proportions and aritmethics, built sth as disproportionate as sphinx is (the head is much more smaller than it should be in comparison to the body)

  9. Charles

    This gives me no guidance on whether this documentary is worth watching or not. Thanks for nothing.