Episode 80: Servant of Great Gods

Amunhotep II (Part 4): Worshiping the Sphinx

Before he became King, Amunhotep II made a promise to revitalize worship at the Giza necropolis. Once Pharaoh, he fulfilled that promise in spectacular fashion…

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2017.7.80 P der Manuelian - Sphinx temple (giza archives dot org)

The Sphinx Temple of Amunhotep II (GizaPyramids.org)

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The Sphinx Temple of Amunhotep II, with limestone gateway and the Great Stela visible (GizaPyramids.org).

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Reshep (Wilkinson 2003)

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A small sphinx of Amunhotep II (Metropolitan Museum of Art)1953 Hassan - Fig 23

Selim Hassan (Bey) during excavations in 1936 (Hassan 1953)

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The Sphinx Temple of Amunhotep II (Hassan 1953)

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Doorway and ground-plan for Amunhotep II’s Sphinx Temple (Pasquali 2009)


Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.

Selim Hassan, The Great Sphinx and Its Secrets, 1953.

Stéphane Pasquali, “Baraize Excavations 1933 – 1934 at Giza,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 2009.

William Kelly Simpson, “Reshep in Egypt,” Orientalia, 1960.

Richard H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003.