Thomas Nantz

Origin
The Sphinx is very important to ancient Greek mythology. The word Sphinx comes from the Greek word, “sphingo” meaning to bind tight. It is said that the Sphinx had a habit of strangling the victims. The Sphinx was considered the demon of death and bad luck.


Appearance
The Sphinx is a very vicious and unique looking creature. It is said that it has the body of a lion and the head and bust of a human female. It can also be depicted with wings of an eagle or a serpents tail as well. It is represented as a god like creature.

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Myths and Death
The Sphinx took a good part in ancient Greek mythology. It is said that the Sphinx plagued the city of Thebes in the story of Oedipus due to Oedipus killing his own father without knowing. The Sphinx sat high on a rock in Thebes and would not let anyone enter without answering a riddle. The riddle read, “What animal has one voice, but goes on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and upon three legs in the evening?" If the riddle was answered wrong, the person would be strangled. Oedipus answered the riddle right by saying, "Man, who in childhood creeps on hands and knees, in manhood walks erect, and in old age with the aid of a staff." By answering the riddle correct, he was given kingship by the city and the Sphinx fell off the rock and died.

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Today’s Society
The Sphinx also takes part in today’s society as well as ancient Greek mythology. There are several modern references to the Sphinx. There is a new search engine called the Sphinx where you can find out any information you need to know. There is also a new comedy musical out called the Sphinx Winx about ancient history


Works Cited
Jenson, Lyle. Web. <http://www.sphinx-egypt.com/greek_mythology.htm>.

"THE GREEK SPHINX." AncientWorlds. Web. 04 May 2011.

Brulotte, Michael. "The Greek Sphinx - A Demon Of Death And Esoteric Wisdom." Web. <http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Greek-Sphinx---A-Demon-Of-Death-And-Esoteric-Wisdom&id=75536>.