The Sphinx by Pete DiPrimio
(Monsters in Myth)

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When people think of the Sphinx, the riddle of the Sphinx of Thebes might pop to mind, or maybe the colossal Great Sphinx of Egypt. Were they the same monster in two different mythologies? Or were they completely different? The Sphinx legend began in Egypt over 4,500 years ago when ancient Egyptians were giving their gods animal forms. Built to guard the royal tombs of the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx had the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh. It drew tourists from around the Mediterranean, and soon the mythology of the Greek Sphinx evolved. The Greek Sphinx had the body of a lion and the head of a woman. She terrorized the people of Thebes until a stranger, Oedipus, solved her mysterious riddle. Read the myths from these two cultures, and find out how sphinxes have been immortalized in statues and artwork throughout history.

About Pete DiPrimio

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Pete DiPrimio has covered college sports for twenty years, the last six as a college beat writer and columnist with the Fort Wayne "News-Sentinel." His numerous state and national awards include two from the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Published October 18, 2010 by Mitchell Lane Publishers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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