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Sphinx: History of a Monument
Christiane Zivie-Coche (au); David Lorton (tr)
Surveys the long history of the Great Sphinx and discusses its original appearance, its functions and religious significance, its relation to the many other Egyptian sphinxes, and the various discoveries connected with it. From votive objects deposited by the faithful and inscriptions that testify to details of worship, she reconstructs the cult of Harmakhis, which arose around the monument in the second millennium B.C. The coming of Christianity ended the Great Sphinx’s religious role. Sand buried it; the monument remained untouched until the early 19th century. “Details the archaeological activity aimed at clearing the Sphinx and, later, at preserving it from the corrosive effects of a rising water table.” Translated from the French edition. Illus.
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