What is a Sphinx?

The Greeks came up with the name, sphingein meaning, “to strangle” because their own similar images were purported to hold riddles that strangled those unable to decipher them. Carved out of rock, the Great Egyptian Sphinx of Gizeh is a lion with a man’s head, beard and all, whom was said to have “haunted the Egyptian desert.” To imagine how large the Egyptian sphinx is (187 ft long, 66 ft tall) picture the outdoor temple that existed between the paws of the lion’s body. Other examples of composite monsters that could be called a sphinx have a jackal or a hawk’s head and occasionally have wings. Usually but not exclusively, the sphinx depicts a male creature.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)


The Guild (Book 2)


The Last Quadroon (Book 3)


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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