Sphinxes from Ancient Greece and Egypt Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Sphinxes from Ancient Greece and Egypt
A comparison between the origin and lore of a Sphinx from Ancient Egypt and one from Ancient Greece.
# 119022 | 1,171 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2010 in History (Middle Eastern) , Art (Sculpture) , History (Latin America)

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This paper examines the image of the Sphinx. It specifically discusses the differences between different constructions of the Sphinx. The paper compares a pair of images on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - one from Egypt, entitled the Sphinx of Thutmose III and another that is Greek in nature, the Marble Capital and Finial. The paper specifically explores how each of these works of art, while essentially on the same sort of subject, are curiously different in regards to both origin and lore.

Table of Contents:
The Egyptian Sphinx
The Greek Sphinx
The Difference in Lore

From the Paper:

"The Greek and Egyptian sphinxes are quite different in a number of ways, however most predominant is their physical appearance, and legend and lore behind them. The sex of the sphinx is one of the most noticeable superficial differences, with the Greek sphinx being female in the face as above mentioned, while the Egyptian version is male. The male sphinx of Egypt was viewed as gentle and kind, a lover of mankind, while the Greek sphinx was quite the opposite. Rather than watching over her people, the Greek sphinx would riddle them, hoping to trap them in an incorrect answer so that, within the parameters of her logic system, could then devour them. (Sullivan) Why a stone being requires flesh is beyond the level of detail the legend goes into, however a dark specter nonetheless. Being a guardian as opposed to a monument of power however would make the legend of the Greek sphinx more relevant, as the protection of a devouring beast would be more comforting than that of a sedentary man/lion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sullivan, Mary Ann. "Great Sphinx." Art History Webmasters Association. Retrieved on 3 May 2008, from:
  • Scott, David C. "The Sphinx and the Prince." Touregypt.net. Retrieved on 3 May 2008, from:
  • "Sphinx." Theoi Project. Retrieved on 3 May 2008, from:

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Sphinxes from Ancient Greece and Egypt (2010, March 25) Retrieved April 18, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/sphinxes-from-ancient-greece-and-egypt-119022/

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"Sphinxes from Ancient Greece and Egypt" 25 March 2010. Web. 18 April. 2024. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/sphinxes-from-ancient-greece-and-egypt-119022/>