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As Machiavelli once said "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results." It is these passions that we search for while delving into our history, a way of connecting to the great men and women who came before us. We reach back and learn from their mistakes and victories and gain a sense of belonging to the great cycle of life. For History Lovers is a place to explore our past and debate on the significance of major and minor historical events.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Riddle of the Sphinx

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The first thing you need to know about the Sphinx is that it is not an entirely Egyptian creature. Greeks, Phoenicians and Syrians all used the animal as a powerful symbol and it was the Greeks who came up with the myth about the Riddle of the Sphinx. The Greeks believe that if you crossed the path of the Sphinx it would pose the question "what walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening." If you could not answer the sphinx would devour you but if you could the beast would destroy itself. The Greek myth states that the only man to walk away from the Sphinx alive was Oedipus who came up with the correct answer "Man." We crawl when we are young then walk on two feet and finally end our lives walking with a cane.

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