By Willis Goth Regier
Sought, the Sphinx turns out in every single place, no matter if the father or mother of the pyramids on Egypt's Giza plateau or the gorgeous man-eater with a perilous riddle, to be approached with lousy warning. The Sphinx, that icon painted, sculpted, engraved, and exalted in poetry, fiction, and song, so inspired the thinker Hegel that he reported the creature “the image of the symbolic itself.” With a wealth of illustrations, publication of the Sphinx confirms Hegel's lofty judgment, discovering the Sphinx in all places: in tragedies, work, opera, homicide mysteries, brothels, bars, and advertisements. Pursuing the Sphinx via kaleidoscopic sightings and encyclopedic observations, Willis Goth Regier plumbs the symbol's mysteries, undertaking the reader down ever extra complicated and exciting paths. splendidly readable, his hugely idiosyncratic travel of the a while and the humanities leads ultimately to a notion of the Sphinx that embraces not anything under all that's unknowable—proving once more that confronting a Sphinx is likely one of the most threatening and exhilarating adventures of the mind's eye.
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To know yourself, know your glands. ’’ He diagnosed the mighty dead: Julius Caesar (‘‘too much adrenal’’), Napoleon (‘‘it was his pituitary which ﬁrst failed him’’), Oscar Wilde (‘‘thymocentric’’), and Florence Nightingale (‘‘It is most regrettable that we have no statement of the ﬁndings of a gynecological examination’’). ’’ 35 It is the fate of Fate to provoke rebellion. Once a lion at rest, the Sphinx became a chameleon, a furtive reptile in camouﬂage. ‘‘The abdication of Fate can therefore be conﬁdently expected in due time,’’ Dr.
Modern science competes with a stubborn wish to place the Sphinx farther in the past. 21 There is not quite a consensus that the Great Sphinx was built at the same time as Kafre’s pyramid and a dispute whether it depicts Kafre continues to spark and ﬂame. 22 In a crowded lineage, writers have expected to ﬁnd near the Sphinx an ancient book that tells of two kinds of future: the future that has happened since the book was hidden and the future still to come. 23 Equipped with maps, telescopes, and theodolites, other Sphinx seekers deduce that the Sphinx and pyramids have much to tell to those who know how to ask.
4. Engraving of Giza by Benard Direx in Diderot’s Encyclopedia, 1752. 5. Colossal Sphynx’s Head by T. Wallis after a drawing by W. M. Craig ‘‘from an original sketch of a gentleman lately returned from Egypt,’’ 1804. 6. Engraving of the Sphinx by Page after a drawing by Vivant Denon from Cooke’s Universal Geography, 1807. 7. Engraving of Horemakhet from Description de l’Égypte, 1822. Secrets 27 The great Encyclopedia of Diderot depicted a blank-eyed Sphinx, nose intact. W. M. Craig drew a Sphinx peeved to be noseless.