The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind

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In The Message of the Sphinx, Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery, and Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods, present a tour de force of historical and scientific detective work that unravels the millennial code embodied in these structures. Using sophisticated computer simulations of ancient skies, they unravel the riddle of the Sphinx, and they present a startling new theory concerning the enigmatic Pyramid Texts and other archaic Egyptian scriptures. These texts serve as an ingenious ...
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Overview

In The Message of the Sphinx, Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery, and Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods, present a tour de force of historical and scientific detective work that unravels the millennial code embodied in these structures. Using sophisticated computer simulations of ancient skies, they unravel the riddle of the Sphinx, and they present a startling new theory concerning the enigmatic Pyramid Texts and other archaic Egyptian scriptures. These texts serve as an ingenious treasure trail, and as the authors reveal, a covert treasure hunt has been under way for the last twenty years at the pyramids and the Sphinx - a hunt involving senior Egyptologists, high government officials, and a wealthy esoteric organization behind the scenes. What are they looking for? What is contained in the rectangular chamber that seismic surveys have located in the bedrock far below the paws of the Sphinx? What lies behind the mysterious door recently discovered at the end of a previously unexplored shaft deep inside the Great Pyramid? And does mankind have a rendezvous with destiny - a rendezvous not in the future, but in the distant past, at a precise place and time?

The authors of the bestselling Fingerprints of the Gods, The Sign and the Seal, and The Orion Mystery team up to posit a revolutionary theory: that the Sphinx and the other great Egyptian monuments are of prehistoric origina and that they are arranged in such a way as to be a giant stone "hologram, " sending a message to us from the silent past. of photos. 30 line drawings.

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Is the Sphinx of prehistoric origin? Why was it built? In this provocative, rigorously argued report, revisionist Egyptologists Hancock (The Fingerprints of the Gods) and Bauval (The Orion Mystery) join forces to answer these questions and more as they examine the Sphinx and its relation to the other monuments of the Giza plateau. Working from the premise that the Giza complex encodes a message, they begin with recently discovered geological evidence indicating that the deep erosion patterns on the flanks of the Sphinx were caused by 1000 years of heavy rain. Such conditions last existed in Egypt at the end of the last ice age, about 10,000-9,000 B.C., meaning that the Sphinx may be more than 12,000 years old (not the generally accepted 4500 years). The authors go on to suggest, using computer simulations of the sky, that the pyramids, representing the three stars of Orion's Belt, along with associated causeways and alignments, constitute a record in stone of the celestial array at the vernal equinox in 10,500 B.C. This moment, they contend, represents Zep Tepi, the "First Time," often referred to in the hieroglyphic record. They show how the initiation rituals of the Egyptian pharaohs replicate on Earth the sun's journey through the stars in this remote era, and they suggest that the "Hall of Records" of a lost civilization may be located by treating the Giza Plateau as a template of these same ancient skies. These daring, well-argued theories will raise the hackles of orthodox Egyptologistsbut that doesn't mean they're wrong. Illustrations not seen by PW. (July)
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The authors of Fingerprints of the Gods (Crown, 1995) posit, among other things, that the Sphinx may be three times older than we think. A 50,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517705032
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/11/1996
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Hancock was formerly East Africa Correspondent for The Economist and covered the Ogaden war between Somalia and Ethiopia for the London Sunday Times.  His books include African Ark:  Peoples of the Horn, the widely acclaimed Lords of Poverty, which earned the 1990 H.L. Mencken Award (honorable mention) for an outstanding book of journalism,  The Sign and the Seal (Crown, 1992), the international bestseller that documented his real-life quest for the lost Ark of the Covenant, and the recent number-one bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods (Crown 1995).

Hancock has recently appeared on the NBC special "The Mysterious Origins of Man" and on the CBS special "Mysteries of the Millennium."  He has also appeared on television with Michael Palin in his "Pole to Pole" series, the BBC and CNN, as well as the National Geographic's "Explorer" series in stories related to The Sign and the Seal.

Robert Bauval is a construction engineer with a long-standing interest in the astronomy of the pyramids, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life.  He has appeared on national television several times including ABC-TV's "Prime Time Live" and NBC-TV's "The Mysterious Origins of Man."  His first book The Orion Mystery was a number-one bestseller in the United Kingdom.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
1 Horizon Dweller 3
2 The Riddle of the Sphinx 7
3 Mystery Piled upon Mystery 23
4 Stars and Time 58
5 The Case of the Psychic, the Scholar and the Sphinx 85
6 The Case of the Iron Plate, the Freemasons, the Relics and the Shafts 100
7 The Case of the Robot, the Germans and the Door 117
8 The Clues of Duality 131
9 The Sphinx and its Horizons 152
10 The Quest of the Horus-King 167
11 The Unseen Academy 189
12 Sages and 'Followers' 197
13 Following the Stars 208
14 Space-Time Co-ordinates 215
15 When the Sky Joined the Earth 225
16 Message in a Bottle? 238
17 The Place of the 'First Time' 247
Conclusion 268
Appendix 1: The Scales of the World 273
Appendix 2: Precession, Proper Motion and Obliquity 285
Appendix 3: Correspondence with Mark Lehner 290
Appendix 4: Harnessing Time with the Stars 298
Appendix 5: Carbon-dating the Great Pyramid 305
References 309
Selected Bibliography 345
Index 350
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    ANOYMOUS

    I had to do a paper on the sphinx and this was great!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Awesome read!

    Great and easy to read. One of his best. Please put all his titles on nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    A Good Book

    This is a great book if you're interested in astronomy, antiquity, and ancient egypt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    First book ive read in a long time

    I liked the book but gave it 3 stars because the authors repeatedly kept refering back to information already in the book making it a little redundant after awhile. I enjoyed the book as it be the first one i have read in quite a while. It lost another star as well because the book kept me in suspense over a certain subject and when i finished the book i felt jiped, but its ok because without giving away the book how can you write about something that you don't really have anything to write about. Ok so i give it 4 stars now.

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