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    Description"Sphinxes are legion in Egypt what is so special about this one? . . . We shall take a stroll around the monument itself, scrutinizing its special features and analyzing the changes it experienced throughout its history. The evidence linked to the statue will enable us to trace its evolution . . . down to the worship it received in the first centuries of our own era, when Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans mingled together in devotion to this colossus, illustrious witness to a past that was already more than two millennia old." from the IntroductionThe Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the few monuments from ancient Egypt familiar to nearly everyone. In a land where the colossal is part of the landscape, it still stands out, the largest known statue in Egypt. Originally constructed as the image of King Chephren, builder of the second of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx later acquired new fame in the guise of the sun god Harmakhis. Major construction efforts in the New Kingdom and Roman Period transformed the monument and its environs into an impressive place of pilgrimage, visited until the end of pagan antiquity.Christiane Zivie-Coche, a distinguished Egyptologist, surveys the long history of the Great Sphinx and discusses its original appearance, its functions and religious significance, its relation to the many other Egyptian sphinxes, and the various discoveries connected with it. From votive objects deposited by the faithful and inscriptions that testify to details of worship, she reconstructs the cult of Harmakhis (in Egyptian, Har-em-akhet, or "Horus-in-the-horizon"), which arose around the monument in the second millennium. "We are faced," she writes, "with a religious phenomenon that is entirely original, though not unique: a theological reinterpretation turned an existing statue into the image of the god who had been invented on its basis."The coming of Christianity ended the Great Sphinx's religious role. The ever-present sand buried it, thus sparing it the fate that overtook the nearby pyramids, which were stripped of their stone by medieval builders. The monument remained untouched, covered by its desert blanket, until the first excavations. Zivie-Coche details the archaeological activity aimed at clearing the Sphinx and, later, at preserving it from the corrosive effects of a rising water table."


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    Title
    Sphinx
    Subtitle
    History of a Monument
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christiane Zivie-Coche, Translated by David Lorton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801489549
    ISBN 10: 0801489547
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA, HBJH
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 932.01, 932
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 932
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    BISAC V2.8: ART035000
    LC classification: DT62.S7 Z58 2004
    BISAC region code: 3.1.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHHA
    Illustrations note
    18
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    31 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "Christiane Zivie-Coche's Sphinx: History of a Monument reflects her particular concern with the later history of the Giza sphinx and with the Giza plateau as a whole. This . . . translation . . . brings to an anglophone readership a wealth of detail about the appropriation of the sphinx in the New Kingdom and the Late Period, as a monument no longer exclusively tied to the old royal funerary cult but developing a religious status in its own right." Egyptian Archaeology 23, Autumn 2003"