The Great Sphinx

By: Tashiara Nichols

Knowing the Great Sphinx

A person who thinks, how I think, Zahi Hawass once said, "When we find something new at Giza, we announce it to the world. The Sphinx and the Pyramids are world treasures. We are the guardian's of these treasures, but they belong to the world." A great symbol of Egypt, our guardian. The Great Sphinx with the body of a lion and a head of a god. It is a mysterious wonder, thought to be created in the 4th Dynasty, it's our guardian and the world's mystery.

The Mystery of the Great Sphinx

The Great Sphinx has a truly astonishing mystery. We don't know who built the Great Sphinx, but we do know Khafre restored it around 2520-2494 BC. We don't know know exactly when this monument was created, it was likely to be created in the 4th Dynasty. Who created it and who inspired it is a mystery, why was it ever created? Some may believe it symbolize a guardian, others have different opinions. But, I say it represent Ancient Egypt. We do know though that some had tried to unbury this piece of history. Giovanni Caviglia, Auguste Mariette and Gaston Maspero attempted to clear the sand around the Sphinx. The mysterious Great Sphinx have many unanswered questions.

Exploring the Great Sphinx

Are you traveling to see the magnificent Great Sphinx? It is located in Giza, Egypt, about 10 km west of Cairo and west of the Nile River. It have a body of a lion and a head of a god. Missing a nose and a beard; It's made out of hard stone. The Great Sphinx was under lots of sand at one period of time; it had to be unburied. It was drawn to water erosion, wind erosion, weathering, and sand erosion. People visit this monument for its beauty and wonder. They visit this historical place every day. The mystery that puzzles us all.

The Great Sphinx History

How the Great Sphinx affected history. We wonder how the people in the 4th Dynasty felt about the construction of the monument. This monument is worthy for its symbol, it's creativity, and it's beauty. The Great Sphinx had a folktale about it; it started something like this, "falling asleep in the shade of the Sphinx when out hunting, the pharaoh dreamt that the great beast was choking from the sand engulfing it, and that it told him if he cleared the sand he would obtain the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. In between the front paws of the Sphinx is a granite stela, now called the “Dream Stela”, which is inscribed with the story of the pharaoh’s dream." Some history about the Great Sphinx is known so there always hope of finding out the mystery of the wonderful creation.

The Great Sphinx

Our guardian is a wonder of our world. It mysterious purpose intrigues us. The words spoken by Lee Warren reminds of the perplex the true qualities of the Great Sphinx, "the Sphinx is one of the greatest enigmas and the most studied ancient monument of mankind’s history.... It holds the key to understanding advanced past civilizations. There is no other place teeming with so many researchers looking into the mysteries of mankind’s past, which may cause history to be rewritten." "Our guardian, our hero, we worship you; we will honor you and reveal your purpose."