Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Interesting facts-The riddle of the Sphinx

When the topic of the Sphinx comes up, one immediately thinks of the Great Sphinx at Giza, but the Sphinx was a powerful symbol in Greece, Phoenicia and Syria as well. In fact, the Riddle of the Sphinx originates in Greek legend. According to the ancient Greeks, if a man crossed its path the Sphinx would ask, “What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and three in the evening?” If they couldn’t answer, the Sphinx would devour them; however, if they answered correctly, the Sphinx would destroy itself.

The only person said to survive an encounter with the Sphinx was the Greek hero Oedipus who answered “Man.”



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