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

ISBN: 0517888521
ISBN 13: 9780517888520
By: Graham Hancock Robert Bauval

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In this riveting account of historical and archaeological investigation, the authors present hard evidence that the Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the other monuments at Giza are of far more ancient origin than previously believed. Complete with evidence of a conspiracy between the Egyptology establishment and various confidential organizations to keep the secrets of the Pyramids from the world, The Message of the Sphinx is also a modern-day detective story. of photos.

Reader's Thoughts


These archaeological explorers go to every end of the world to examine ancient civilizations and dispel the dogma associated with ancient cultures such as Egypt, the Mayan civilization, Easter Island, Stonehenge, Atlantis. They have some amazing theories that examine archaeo-astronomical alignments, consciousness-altering drugs of Shamanistic origin, and mysteries of ancient knowledge. You will be absolutely surprised at the findings and it will totally open your world-view to a whole new array of possibilities. Both authors do their homework to a high degree of professionalism and offer more than adequate facts and sources to back up their claims. The best part about their work is that they are so adept at coming up with amazing theories that ring of truths untold and really are quite effective at jolting the reader's imagination.

Paul Fenlon

This is an interesting book and a somewhat easy read. I can't help but find the conclusions and hints of a conspiracy to detract from the overall validity of the book.


This is the second book on Egypt that I have read by Robert Bauval. I would recommend reading the first, The Orion Mystery, before starting this as it occassionally references back to topics written there, and I found it very helpful to have the background on the pyramids discussed in The Orion Mystry.The Message of the Sphinx moves away from the Great Pyramids a bit and centers on the meaning, purpose and age of the Great Sphinx. Newer theories (1996) suggest that the Sphinx is much older than originally thought and also suggest a new purpose for the anciet monument. These discoveries are based in science and lead to a very compelling argument for the writers' theories.If you are interested in Egyptology, this book should be on your must read book. Even if we choose not to believe the authors' theories, it shows a new picture of the ancients that helps piece together how and when they lived, specifically their religion and funeral rites. The writing gets a littel overly scientific for easy reading so I've been picking it up on and off all year.4/5

Jeffrey Namiotka

In my estimation this is one of the more compelling arguments in favor of the greater antiquity (greater, that is, than orthodox Egyptology maintains) of the Sphinx. A sort of guilty pleasure for me.


This is the greatest explanation of how ancient myth can be read into the actual buildings I've ever read. At the end the only part I didn't love was the Edgar Cayce connection, and the fact that we'll never know if what he found is the truth since Egyptologists are ticked off by him.


Please note: I borrowed this from the library and read it in April 2007. It is not counted as "read" because I want my own copy. anyway, this review was written in 2007.Asking rather more questions than it answers, The Message of the Sphinx purports to use geology to prove that the Sphinx is much older than normally suspected. Also, astronomy is used to show once again that the layout of the Giza plateau represents the sky overhead at the summer solstice in 10,500 BC, which the author theorizes is when the First Time began. Having recently read The Kybalion, which is a hermetic work supposedly handed down from the Sages discussed in this book, it actually all does sort of fit together - as above so below, as below so above is a mainstay of their system of belief and as such the layout of the Giza plateau and other pyramids in the general area fit the pattern. While I pride myself in not being a credulous person, I found the theories and suppositions put forth by the author to have a strong ring of truth to them - it does make me want to conduct further research and I can feel the frustration in the author that further studies have been so heavily curtailed.A must-read for anyone interested in Egyptology, ancient civilizations and alternative theories of history.

Mike Luoma

Loved the ideas floating throughout this one, pre-historic civilizations, fun!

Jeff Tollefson


Catherine Gingras

I honestly read this book for a report back when I was in Junior High school so my recollection of the book is a bit hazy. At the time I remember it having me enthralled and I read as many books on the subject as possible. Graham Hancock has been a source of debate and new avenues of history to explore since I was a child, and while I haven't read any of his books in recent years I still remember the overall thrill of learning something new.

Hannah carlock

3rd favorite:)


I loved reading this book as well as others by Graham Hancock.

Sarah Keliher

Not entertaining.

Chris Marchan

You gotta read this one if you are interested in ancient Knowledge.

Erik Graff

My visit to Michael in the fall of 1997 had him recommending and me reading some alternative theories of ancient history, two of the books being by Graham Hancock. One, Fingerprints of the Gods, was about the evidence for an inhabited continent under the Antarctic ice cap in remote antiquity. The second, Message of the Sphinx, was about the evidences suggesting a pre-Egyptian civilization. These evidences were primarily astronomical and geological.Should anyone who reads this know about the status of current professional opinion about the weathering of the flanks of the Sphinx, I should appreciate an explanatory update.


This is by far one of the most IMPORTANT books of scientific research in modern history. If you haven't read this book and don't understand how ancient technology and knowledge can affect us today then you better get up on your Graham Hancock!!!

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