Secrets of the Sphinx
How did the sphinx become an evil monster and why has it survived for more than 4000 years?
Thousands of years ago sphinxes were among the most popular mythical monsters of the ancient world. The Great Sphinx at Giza in Egypt is the most famous of them all but the origins of this strange mutant beast are shrouded in mystery. Why did the pharaohs depict themselves as mythical monsters with the body of a lion? At Luxor, archaeologists are resurrecting an entire army of sphinxes, built to guard Egypt’s powerful god, Amun-Ra. The Egyptians saw the sphinx as a living statue and a noble guardian but why did the ancient Greeks portray it as an evil man-eating monster?