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‘Brilliant! A remarkable work of detailed and painstaking research, integrative thinking, and original insight. The Temples’ reinterpretation of some of Egypt’s abiding mysteries is more than thought-provoking: it is inspiring.’
- Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

‘I was swept straight into this marvellous book. It’s brilliant, original, occasionally delightfully malicious, and it showed me just how little I really knew about the Sphinx.’
- Colin Wilson

'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

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the sphinx mystery

The Sphinx Mystery

Shrouded in mystery for centuries, the Sphinx of Giza has frustrated many who have attempted to discover its original purpose. Accounts exist of the Sphinx as an oracle, as a king’s burial chamber, and as a temple for initiation into the Hermetic Mysteries. Egyptologists have argued for decades about whether there are secret chambers underneath the Sphinx, why the head-to-body ratio is out of proportion, and whose face adorns it.

In The Sphinx Mystery, Robert Temple with his wife Olivia address the many mysteries of the Sphinx. He presents eyewitness accounts, published over a period of 281 years, of people who saw the secret chambers and even went inside them before they were sealed in 1926--accounts that had been forgotten until the author rediscovered them. He also describes his own exploration of a tunnel at the rear of the Sphinx, perhaps used for obtaining sacred divinatory dreams.

Robert Temple reveals that the Sphinx was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, and that its face is that of a Middle Kingdom Pharaoh, Amenemhet II, which was a later re-carving. In addition, he provides photographic evidence of ancient sluice gate traces to demonstrate that, during the Old Kingdom, the Sphinx as Anubis sat surrounded by a moat filled with water--called Jackal Lake in the ancient Pyramid Texts--where religious ceremonies were held. He also provides evidence that the exact size and position of the Sphinx were geometrically determined in relation to the pyramids of Cheops and Chephren and that it was part of a pharaonic resurrection cult.

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Robert Temple
PROFESSOR ROBERT TEMPLE is author of a dozen challenging and provocative books, commencing with the international best-seller, The Sirius Mystery. His books have been translated into a total of 44 foreign languages. He combines solid academic scholarship with an ability to communicate with the mass public. He is Visiting Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and previously held a similar position at an American university. For many years he was a science writer for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and a science reporter for Time-Life, as well as a frequent reviewer for Nature and profile writer for The New Scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has been a member of the Egypt Exploration Society since the 1970s, as well as a member of numerous other academic societies. He has produced, written and presented a documentary for Channel Four and National Geographic Channels on his archaeological discoveries in Greece and Italy, and he was at one time an arts reviewer on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Kaleidoscope’. In 1993, his translation of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London. With his wife, Olivia, he is co-author and translator of the first complete English version of Aesop’s Fables, which attracted a great deal of international press attention at the time of its release, as the earlier translations had suppressed some of the fables because of Victorian prudery.

Olivia Temple
Temple was a colleague of the late Dr. Joseph Needham of Cambridge, in association with whom he wrote The Genius of China, which has been approved as an official reference book (in Chinese) for the Chinese secondary school system, and which won five national awards in the USA. He has done archaeometric dating work and intensive exploration of closed sites in Egypt with the permission of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. His research into historical accounts of the Sphinx is the first comprehensive survey ever undertaken.

OLIVIA TEMPLE is an artist and writer, who has contributed to many wellknown magazines in the UK. She was co-author with her husband of Aesop: The Complete Fables (Penguin Classics). She organised the Egyptian, Greek and Italian archaeological research trips for the Project for Historical Dating, and took part in all the archaeometric dating work in Egypt with the permission of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. She works closely with her husband, she translated all the French early travellers’ reports on the Sphinx, consulted on and edited the book, and took many of the photos which appear in The Sphinx Mystery. She has co-designed this website. Olivia is also director of an opera and theatrical design archive.

18 June 2009
8pm GMT

Interview with Patricia Cori host of the webradio program, Beyond the Matrix on www.bbsradio.com ( 12-13:00 PST)
6 June

Broadcast of web radio interview with William Kennedy of Sphinx Radio in Massachusetts www.sphinxradio.com

1 June

Robert is 'Author of the Month' on Graham Hancock's website. Click the link to read more.
29 May

Interview on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala show.
For details see www.ExploreYourSpirit.com
You can read Olivia's post on the Explore Your Spirit Blog.
27 May

Recording of radio interview for Revelations Radio with William Henry.
23 May

Book-signing at Gothic Image Book Shop, High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset.
Click here to view the invitation.

Robert and Olivia will be speaking at the Megalithomania 2009 conference in Glastonbury. The Megalithomania web site can be found at www.megalithomania.co.uk for further information and advance tickets.

22 May

Live interview with Ross Hemsworth of Glastonbury Radio 9-10 p.m

7 May

Interview for Gardiner's Question Time Show, Sky channel 200 (Edge Media TV). Broadcast date to be announced soon...

17 April 2009
Robert will be giving a live interview on Liverpool's City Talk Radio (105.9FM) on the Zone Unknown show with Roy Basnett.


UK publication of The Sphinx Mystery - the Forgotten Origin of the Sanctuary of Anubis
12 Mar

Radio Interview on the Kevin Smith Show The show is live from 7pm-9pm Pacific Time, or 10pm-12 midnight Eastern Time. For details see www.kevinsmithshow.com
5 Mar

Radio interview with the Rob McConnell on The 'X' Zone Radio. For details of The 'X' Zone Radio see www.xzone-radio.com
18 Feb
Recording of an interview with Walter Cruttenden on The Cosmic Influence web radio programme - details of the interview is on his website and will also be broadcast on the Healthy Life network on MSNBC in mid March. www.binaryresearchinstitute.org/bri/radio/

'What Was The Sphinx?' article by Robert Temple published as the cover story in the January -February 2009 edition of New Dawn magazine.

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