Sphinx, Egypt

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The word sphinx in Greek means “strangler.” More commonly, it refers to a creature in Greek mythology with the body of a lion, the head of a woman, and the wings of an eagle. The stone Sphinx in Giza, Egypt, was built to protect the graves in the pyramids. The name Sphinx was assigned by the Greeks, drawing on their own mythological traditions. The original name of the Sphinx remains unknown.

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