In the mythology of the Greeks the Sphynx was a winged monster with a woman's head and a lion's body. Her victims, in order to avoid being torn to pieces, were challenged to answer her famous riddle. It was "what creature is 2-footed, 3-footed, and 4-footed and weakest of limp when it walks on more that 2 feet?"
Her victims were many but Oedipus gained the throne of Thebes by ansewring the enigma and freeing the city from the threatening monster. His answer: "Man; who begins life crawling on all fours and ends life leaning on a cane!"
560 BC. National Museum, Delphi.
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