Great Sphinx Research Paper

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With the body of a lion and head of a Pharaoh, the Great Sphinx is one of the oldest statues in the world. Standing approximately 66 feet high, it symbolizes strength and wisdom. Without a single inscription, symbol, or writing carved into the Great Sphinx itself, archeologists have been able to figure out the following: How was it built?, What are its characteristics, What is it’s purpose?, and Where is it located?
To commence with, the Great Sphinx was built from 2575 to 2494 BC. The Sphinx was built out of limestone. Limestone is small white, tan, or gray particles of rock or stone that compress together by pressure. Limestone is known as a sedimentary rock.
Many people believe that King Khafre took the throne of Djedefre and constructed his pyramid and Great Sphinx. A German Egyptologist has suggested that the Sphinx was built by the father of Khafre, King Khufu, in whom is also the constructor of the Great Pyramid.
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The Sphinx is 66 ft high, and 150 ft long. The Sphinx is a lion with the head of a Pharaoh. Some say that the Sphinx was a portrait of King Khafre since they look so much alike. The paws of the Sphinx are 50 ft long (⅓). The head is 30 ft long and 14 ft wide, sizing as big as a house! At first, the Sphinx was colorful with a beard. Now, the nose and beard have been broken away. It was initially predicted that Napoleon men shot off the Sphinx’s nose but 18th century drawing showed that the nose was missing long before Napoleon’s time. It is now assumed that Turks shot off the nose. A Turk is a native person from Turkey. The Great Sphinx has a Stela located in between the front paws of it. A Stela is an upright stone slab with a relief design carved into

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