Who was the Sphinx in Greek mythology?

Who was the Sphinx in Greek mythology?


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The Sphinx is a female monster, daughter of Echidna and Typhus (or of Ortros and Echidna, in another version).

He dwelt on Mount Phiceus, near Thebes. It had the head and torso of a woman, the body and claws of a lion, and the wings of an eagle. He would approach the travelers and propose a riddle that, if not solved, would cost the traveler his life.

Oedipus resolved the one who asked him:

What is the animal that walks on all fours in the morning, two at noon and three in the afternoon?

And Oedipus answered:

Man, because when he is a child he crawls, when he is older he walks on two legs and in old age he leans on a cane

Before the success, the Sphinx committed suicide by throwing himself into the abyss.


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