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The Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis

  • 05 16, 2023

The Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis

The village of "Mit Rahina" near "Badrashin" in Giza Governorate is considered the first capital of Egypt after the unification, and its ancient name was "Memphis". What we now know is that the one who founded this eternal city is King Menes in 3400 BC, that is, more than five thousand years ago. Unfortunately, there are only a few statues left, and a few stones and foundations that refer to the places of ancient temples.

The statue of a king from the era of the Middle Kingdom (1980 - 1630 BC) and the original owner is still unexpectedly unknown despite the size of this one rock of alabaster cut in the form of a mythological figure called by the Greeks as the sphinx, except that during the era of the modern state, inscriptions on the statue of King Ramses II, whose names and titles were carved around the base, were later rephrased, Later he added his son and successor King Merneptah his own name to the shoulders of the Great Sphinx.

King Ramses II | Ramesses II | Ramses the Second

King Ramses II | Ramses the Second

You can learn a lot of interesting things about the Pyramids Of Egypt | Egypt Pyramids. It's a special place in Egypt where people go to explore and learn about ancient Egypt.

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Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom period. It is located near the modern-day city of Cairo but is primarily known for its archaeological sites, including the ruins of temples, statues, and other ancient structures. However, there is no specific sphinx made of alabaster associated with Memphis.

A long time ago, people in Egypt gave presents to a big statue called the Great Sphinx because they believed it would help them have a good harvest. But one person got very angry and broke the nose off the statue. He was punished for breaking something that was important to the people.

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