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See how the Sphinx originally appeared, and how it demonstrated the power of the pharaoh Khafre.

The tablet in front of the Sphinx tells a story. It says that Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose IV fell asleep in the shadow of the Sphinx’s head. At that time, sand covered the rest of the Sphinx. Then, the Sphinx talked to Thutmose in a dream. The Sphinx said Thutmose would be pharaoh if he dug the Sphinx out.

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Making Connections


Would you be interested in visiting the Great Sphinx? Why or why not?


Have you read other books about ancient statues or art? How do those books compare with this one?


What are some important statues you have seen? Do they have special meanings? If so, what do they mean? If not, what other purpose do the statues have?

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