CNN: New Sphinx Uncovered in Egypt

A beautiful new sphinx from the Ptolemaic era (circa 305–30 BCE) has (accidentally) been discovered in Kom Ombo, Egypt. Most people today are aware that the sphinx is a popular Egyptian symbol, but not as many can say what it means. First, it’s important to distinguish between Greek and Egyptian sphinxes. Greek sphinxes are depicted as female monsters that go around telling riddles and eating those who can’t answer them. Egyptian sphinxes, on the other hand, are generally male and benevolent, guarding temples and tombs. I should also point out that the Egyptians did not refer to their sphinxes as such, since this word is not Egyptian but Greek. The most famous Egyptian sphinx, the Great Sphinx of Giza, was actually called Hor-Em-Akhet (“Horus of the Horizon”) in New Kingdom times (circa 1550–1077 BCE).

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