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Sphinx
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(Σφίγξ/Sphínx, also ἀνδροσφίγξ/androsphínx: Hdt. 2,175; Boeotian: φίξ/phíx; pl. Σφίγγες/Sphínges).

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I. Egypt Depiction of the Egyptian king with the body of a lion and a human head

Greek designation for the depictions which were originally only of the Egyptian king with the body of a lion and a human head; there is no known Egyptian designation for this type of image.

Three-dimensional sculptural representations of recumbent sphinxe…

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Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin), Johannsen, Nina (Kiel) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Sphinx”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1119080>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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