The Sphinxes and Words of Plutarch about Knowledge

Dr. Alexander draws on the writings of the ancient Greek philosopher Plutarch, (ca. 45-120 CE)

On the left Sphinx’s book are carved in Greek, his quote,

““I am am all that was and is to be and no man hath lifted my veil.”

The line refers to the veil of Isis, the Egyptian goddess regarding the entry into spiritual awareness.  Here Plutarch quotes an inscription that was said to have been at the shrine of Neith-Isis-Minerva at the Egyptian city of Sais.  Wikipedia states that the Nile River flooded every year from the tears Isis wept over the death of Osiris, God of the afterlife

According to Plutarch, the Sphinxes represent The hidden and perplexed wisdom of the priests.

The Greek inscription on the right Sphinx’s book is from Plutarch:

"Therefore the desirer of Truth, especially of that which concerns the gods, is itself a yearning after divinity."A letter from the Library Archives indicates that one of the sphinxes was apparently damaged at some point prior to completion and had to be repaired.

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