Shirley's 6th Grade

Blogging Challenge #9 -Genna

Blogging challenge week 9
Sphinx
The sphinx of Giza, built thousands of years ago on the bank of the Nile, has been a symbol of strength and wisdom. With the body of a lion and the head of a king or a god or Pharaoh Khafre. It is the largest statue in the world, standing 241 ft long, 20 ft wide, and 66.34 ft high. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, built by ancient Egyptians and believed to be built during the reign of Pharaoh Khafre (meaning it could be his face). The sphinx was also put in front of the pyramids to guard the tombs.

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“Sphinx”
by: Keith Yahl

Sphinx

The riddle of the sphinx
If a traveler walks by, the sphinx would ask them a riddle. “What has one voice, and yet goes from four legs, to two legs, to three legs?”  The answer is a man (he uses four legs when he is a baby crawling on his hands and knees, two legs as an adult walking, and three legs when he is old and uses a cane). If the person answered the riddle incorrectly, the sphinx would eat them, but if the person answered the riddle correctly, they would be able to pass by.

Most people think that the entire statue was painted in ancient times: red for the face and body and yellow with blue stripes on the headress. The Greek word “sphinx” may have derived from the Egyptian shesep-ankh, which translates to ‘living image’. The name “Sphinx” was given to the statue based on the legendary Greek creature with the head of a woman and the body of a lion. For centuries, the sphinx has been buried in sand, to the chin. It  was finally dug out in 1925.

The sphinx of Giza sounds really interesting! I really like learning about the ancient Egyptians and the pyramids and and I would really like to go see the sphinx some day. I have been told so many times that it is unbelievably more amazing to really see it, then any picture!

http://www.king-tut.org.uk/ancient-egypt/the-great-sphinx.htm

http://www.guardians.net/egypt/sphinx/

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002046F/egyptian_sphinx.htm

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