A sphinx is a mythical creature with, as a minimum, the body of a lion and a human head. In Greek tradition, it has the haunches of a lion, sometimes with the wings of a great bird, and the face of a human. It is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer its riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are killed and eaten by this ravenous monster. This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man. In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent, but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version and were both thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples. In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Ancient 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.
Definition of the Sphinx in the English dictionary
The definition of the Sphinx in the dictionary is a monster with a woman's head and a lion's body. She lay outside Thebes, asking travellers a riddle and killing them when they failed to answer it. Oedipus answered the riddle and the Sphinx then killed herself. Other definition of the Sphinx is the huge statue of a sphinx near the pyramids at El Gîza in Egypt, of which the head is a carved portrait of the fourth-dynasty Pharaoh, Chephrēn.
Synonyms and antonyms of the Sphinx in the English dictionary of synonyms
WORDS RELATING TO «THE SPHINX»
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «THE SPHINX» OVER TIME
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about the Sphinx
4 QUOTES WITH «THE SPHINX»
Famous quotes and sentences with the word the Sphinx.
It is of first-class importance that our answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx should be in step with how we conduct our civilisation, and this should in turn be in step with the actual workings of living systems.
A major difficulty is that the answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx is partly a product of the answers that we already have given to the riddle in its various forms.
It is to the Riddle of the Sphinx that I have devoted fifty years of professional life as an anthropologist.
The pyramid once passed there was still a short way to go before we confronted the Sphinx, in the middle of what our contemporaries have left him of his desert.
10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «THE SPHINX»
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Book of theSphinx
The Sphinx, that icon painted, sculpted, engraved, and exalted in poetry, fiction, and music, so impressed the philosopher Hegel that he pronounced the creature “the symbol of the symbolic itself.” With a wealth of illustrations, Book ...
Willis Goth Regier, 2004
It was the magic and mystery of an empire long past that beautiful Erica Baron came to explore.
Robin Cook, 1983
TheSphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, ...
"Adopting the guise of a flaneur, Wilson reconsiders the classical imagery of the city from the viewpoints of diverse groups of women: bourgeois wives, prostitutes, transvestite writers, and others.
Elizabeth Wilson, 1992
Automatic Speech Recognition: The Development of theSPHINX ...
Speech Recognition has a long history of being one of the difficult problems in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.
Kai-Fu Lee, 1989
From Atlantis To TheSphinx: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of ...
The compelling argument of this bestselling book is that, thousands of years before Ancient Egypt and Greece held sway, there was a great civilisation whose ships travelled the world and who possessed some knowledge system that offered a ...
Colin Wilson, 2011
Oedipus and theSphinx: The Threshold Myth from Sophocles ...
Identifying the story as a threshold myth—in which the hero crosses over into an unknown and dangerous realm where rules and limits are not known—Oedipus and the Sphinx offers a fresh account of this mythic encounter and how it deals ...
Almut-Barbara Renger, 2013
The eyes of theSphinx: the newest evidence of ...
New interpretations of ancient writings, the discovery of hidden chambers in Egypt, and other findings provide evidence of extraterrestrial contact with the ancient cultures of Earth
Erich von Däniken, 1996
Riddles of theSphinx
I strongly recommend this book.
Paul Jordan, 1998
Return of theSphinx
Set in Montreal and Ottawa, this book continues the story of Alan Ainslie, idealist, patriot and intellectual, who has a special insight into Russian policy.
Hugh MacLennan, 2009
50 Years of Great Magic from "TheSphinx"
Christopher Milbourne presents a selection of classic magic tricks originally published over the course of 50 years in "The Sphinx," the most famous magazine for magicians.
Christopher Milbourne, 2008
8 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «THE SPHINX»
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ISIS: Destroying Egypt's Sphinx, Pyramids Is 'Religious Duty'
ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told followers of his terror group that destroying Egypt's national monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, is a ... «Breitbart News, Jul 15»
Sphinx Organization's Aaron P. Dworkin Will Go to University of …
Since the violinist Aaron P. Dworkin founded the Sphinx Organization nearly two decades ago to encourage diversity in the stubbornly homogeneous field of ... «New York Times, Mar 15»
ISIS War On Culture: Terrorist Group Calls For Destruction Of Great …
The question that needs to be answered is why ISIS has suddenly targeted the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Most news outlets report that ISIS, though ... «The Inquisitr, Mar 15»
Great Sphinx of Giza's courtyard to reopen
“The Sphinx courtyard will be opened for the first time since the restoration of the monument [began]”, Mohammed al-Damati, Egypt's antiquities minister, told ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Nov 14»
Giant sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' film unearthed 91 years later
The film crew originally built the sphinxes' body parts in Los Angeles, and transported them about 165 miles to Guadalupe, where they assembled them into ... «Fox News, Oct 14»
Italian police find stolen Egyptian sphinx
Police visited the house of the driver and found the sphinx, with other artefacts thought to have been stolen from an Etruscan cemetery. The Montem Rossulum ... «BBC News, Dec 12»
"The Sphinx and Pyramids Must be Destroyed"
Egypt's Muslim fundamentalists are now calling for the destruction of the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza under the pretext that Islam prohibits idols. «Gatestone Institute, Nov 12»
Obama Checks Out Sphinx And Pyramids
Everyone says it when they see the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. ... He led the way in and around the pyramids and the Sphinx, including a visit to the Tomb ... «CBS News, Jun 09»
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