The Riddle of the Sphinx


Book Details

Author  Douglas Elwell
Publisher  Mysterious World Press
Publication Date   March 27, 2012
Pages  97


The term "The Riddle of the Sphinx" has an ancient heritage. The most well-known reference to the Riddle, which you will encounter in most encyclopedias and historical works dealing with ancient history and myth, comes from a Greek legend of Oedipus. The legend describes a living, winged sphinx with the body of a lion and the head of a woman, whose lair was situated on a cliff along the highway to Thebes, one of the major cities of ancient Egypt. Whenever a traveler passed by her lair, the Sphinx would challenge them to answer a riddle, or else she would devour them. The riddle went something like this:

What animal is it
that in the morning goes on four feet,
at noon on two feet,
and in the evening on three feet?

However, though the answer in the play is rather simple, the real riddle of the sphinx is what some believe it is guarding - possibly an ancient hall of records that contains all knowledge of our past, present, and future. It may also hold ancient technology from the world before the Flood.

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