Are you studying Ancient Egypt or Egypt in your history this year? If so, you and your children will want to learn more about the colossal statue of the Great Sphinx.
This post is part of the Learning About Famous Landmarks Series
The Great Sphinx is an iconic landmark of Egypt. It is easily recognizable by young students as a symbol of Egypt along with the large pyramids. But do your children know the history of this interesting monolith?
Sphinx statues were built by Egyptians to guard important places such as the tombs of pharoahs and temples. A sphinx is a mythological creature that derives from Greek mythology. It has the body of a lion and the head a person. The head of these statues were almost always carved to look like a pharoah or a god.
Let’s learn about the most famous sphinx ever created – The Great Sphinx
The Great Sphinx is located at Giza, in Cairo, Egypt. It is a monolith and one of the largest and oldest statues in the world. It was was carved out of a solid piece of limestone rock in a bedrock trench. It is the largest free standing sculpture to survive from the Ancients time period. This statue is over 240 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 66 feet high.
If you visit Egypt today you can still see this statue, but it has definitely seen better days. At one time it was brightly painted and the sphinx had a braided beard and a full face. It’s eyes and nose alone would have been 5-6 feet tall! The weather, sand and time has eroded it over the years.
Today it is the color of the desert and it is missing a nose. There is no clear evidence on how it’s nose went missing, though there are lots of theories. You will learn more about those theories as you dig deeper into researching this fascinating statue.
Learn more about the history of the Great Sphinx with these free resources:
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Digital Giza is a project based at Harvard University. It is an online digital repository of all archaeological documentation for the Sphinx and the pyramids in Giza. It is available to view in digital models on the website.
Ancient Egypt is a lot of fun to study with your children in history. There are tons of hands-on activities you can immerse your children in to help make this time period come alive.
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FREE Ancient Egypt Guided Drawing Unit – This fun notebooking unit is for elementary and middle school ages. Your children will read about 10 different aspects of and they can draw half the image or the entire image on the grids provided. A short review quiz is also included for checking reading comprehension.
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