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The Sphinx Mystery


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Table of Contents

Introduction by Olivia Temple

Introduction by Robert Temple

1 Sphinx Obsession

2 The "Secret Chamber" beneath the Sphinx

3 An Amazing Survival

4 The Face of the Sphinx

5 The Sphinx as Anubis

6 Sphinx Island

7 The Sphinx and the Giza Plan

8 The Golden Angle of Resurrection

Accounts of the Sphinx from Roman Times to 1837

S e c t i o n 1
Accounts of the Sphinx from Roman Times to 1798

S e c t i o n 2
Accounts of the Sphinx from 1800 to 1837

A p p e n d i x O n e
Excavations of Monsieur Mariette at the Great Sphinx
By Auguste Mariette
Translated by Olivia Temple

A p p e n d i x T wo
Concerning the Age of the Sphinx at Giza
By Ludwi g Borchardt
Translated by Rob ert Temple and Eleonore Reed

A p p e n d i x T h r e e
By Jam es Burton (1822)

A p p e n d i x F o u r
A Description of Giambattista Caviglia's Excavation
of the Sphinx
Translated by Stefano Greco

A p p e n d i x F i v e
Scientific Visual Documentation of the Sphinx

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I n d e x

About the Author

Robert Temple is visiting professor of the history and philosophy of science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and member of the Egypt Exploration Society, Royal Historical Society, Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. He is the author of 12 books, including The Sirius Mystery. He lives in Bridgewater, Somerset.


"Robert and Olivia not only did an outstanding job of pulling together a treasure trove of little known historic facts and photos but they put them together in a way that tells an exciting and compelling story. This book clearly lays out the age-old Sphinx mystery like a puzzle, and then solves it while making sense of every anomaly along the way. What an excellent piece of work!" * Walter Cruttenden, Director, Binary Research Institute *
"More than the unraveling of a mystery story, this book is a close-up look at the vanishing art of historical research and how academic infighting, politics, reckless restoration, and economic concerns affect such work. Temple makes an excellent case for the restoration of rigorous scholarly standards and the teaching of research techniques that go beyond electronic searches." * Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer, Jan 2009 *
"The true mysteries of the Sphinx, both hidden and forgotten, are brilliantly exposed in this compelling book by Robert and Olivia Temple. They have uncovered hard data revealing the manipulation and misinterpretation that dominate this area of Egyptology. Their use of solid evidence, textual and photographic, make their case unarguable." * Michael Baigent, coauthor of Holy Blood, Holy Grail and author of The Jesus Papers *
"Brilliant! A remarkable work of detailed and painstaking research, integrative thinking, and original insight. The Temples' reinterpretation of some Egypt's abiding mysteries is more than thought-provoking: it is inspiring." * Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of The Presence of the Past *
"I was swept straight into this marvelous book. It's brilliant, original, occasionally delightfully malicious, and it showed me just how little I really knew about the Sphinx." * Colin Wilson, author of Atlantis and the Kingdom of Neanderthals and The Outsider *
"Quite brilliant detective work and deduction has gone into the book and the photographic reproductions (most of them from the massive collection that Robert holds personally) are simply immense. . . . This is a book not to be missed." * Simon Cox, Into the Duat Magazine, Feb 2009 *
"Although moderately technical (there really is no way to avoid it on a subject this compex), it is eminently readable and fairly easily understood. . . . Professor Temple makes no attempt to placate either side of the debate. He simply lays out his conclusions and allows the reader to decide whether they agree or not." * Michael Gleason,, Feb 2009 *
"For anyone interested in ancient Egypt this book is required reading. It is a fascinating and compelling study of how consensus blindness, adopted too often with a dogged arrogance, is the perennial enemy of research and understanding." * Michael Baigent, Freemasonry Today, Issue 48, Spring 2009 *
"Temple analyses ancient texts, commentaries, later eyewitness accounts, and early photographs, uncovering overlooked details. He discusses now-sealed secret chambers and his exploration of a tunnel at the rear of the structure (see This is indeed a monumental work!" * Nexus New Times Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 3, May-June 2009 *
"What makes Temple so exciting, quite apart from the stupendous depth of his research, is his refusal to take on board any received wisdom. His attitude towards received wisdom and 'consensual reality', bringing into his sights declining standards of scholarship in the Google Age and the 'restorative' work done on the Sphinx, is blatantly critical: 'One of the greatest myths of humanity is that everyone cares about the truth. Many people do not . . . " * Jerry Glover, Fortean Times 250, May 2009 *
"Whether or not Temple is right in his theories, the way he presents his case makes The Sphinx Mystery an interesting book if you're into Egyptology. It has rekindled my interest in the subject and should be read. It may wash the consensus blindness from your eyes." * Curled Up with a Good Book, May 2009 *
"The author blends his expertise as a professor of history and philosophy to provide a fine in-depth probe of Egyptian mysteries." * The Midwest Book Review, May 2009 *

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