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The Great Sphinx of Giza
Transcript of The Great Sphinx of Giza
by Lacey Ramos
Many people may think that the sphinx is enormous, but it is actually very small.
Standing at 66 feet high, the Sphinx is the oldest known monument.
It is 241 feet long, and 20 feet wide.
It is commonly believed that the Sphinx was built by Ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom. It took about 400,000 workers to build the Sphinx. This great monument took many years to complete.
Map of the Great
The Sphinx's Missing
The Sphinx was built out of hard strata, a very hard rock.
It was built in c. 2575 and completed in 2465 BC
This video contains video footage of a tomb under the Sphinx.
Riddles of the Sphinx
-Tombs of the Pyramid Builders-
What is a Sphinx?
In Ancient Thebes, a Sphinx is a monstrous creature with the head of a human, and the body of a lion. The Sphinx was to ask a riddle to a human who dares to answer, and if the human gets the answer wrong, the punishment was death.
Its missing nose is one of the great mysteries about the Sphinx. It is commonly believed, that when troops of Napoleon Bonaparte came to Egypt in 1798, they used the nose as target practice. Nobody actually knows the real reason, but all we know is that the nose was gone by 1737.
The Sphinx was built after a woman who asked people a riddle. The riddle was: what has a voice, and can be four-footed, two-footed, and three-footed. If the person answered wrong, she would kill them.
Riddles of the Sphinx