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The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind (Alternative History) [Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook] [Englisch] [Hörkassette]

Graham Hancock , Robert Bauval , Nick Ullett
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März 1998 Alternative History
The authors of the bestselling Fingerprints of the Gods, The Sign and the Seal, and The Orion Mystery team up to posit a revolutionary theory: that the Sphinx and the other great Egyptian monuments are of prehistoric origina and that they are arranged in such a way as to be a giant stone "hologram, " sending a message to us from the silent past. 16 pp. of photos. 30 line drawings.
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  • Hörkassette
  • Verlag: Celestial Arts; Auflage: Abridged (März 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1574532561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574532562
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18 x 11,3 x 1,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (35 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 997.930 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Argues that the ancient structures at Giza may be much older than originally thought, and discusses a mysterious underground chamber recently detected beneath the Sphinx. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Graham Hancock was formerly East Africa Correspondent for The Economist and covered the Ogaden war between Somalia and Ethiopia for the London Sunday Times.  His books include African Ark:  Peoples of the Horn, the widely acclaimed Lords of Poverty, which earned the 1990 H.L. Mencken Award (honorable mention) for an outstanding book of journalism,  The Sign and the Seal (Crown, 1992), the international bestseller that documented his real-life quest for the lost Ark of the Covenant, and the recent number-one bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods (Crown 1995).

Hancock has recently appeared on the NBC special "The Mysterious Origins of Man" and on the CBS special "Mysteries of the Millennium."  He has also appeared on television with Michael Palin in his "Pole to Pole" series, the BBC and CNN, as well as the National Geographic's "Explorer" series in stories related to The Sign and the Seal.

Robert Bauval is a construction engineer with a long-standing interest in the astronomy of the pyramids, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life.  He has appeared on national television several times including ABC-TV's "Prime Time Live" and NBC-TV's "The Mysterious Origins of Man."  His first book The Orion Mystery was a number-one bestseller in the United Kingdom. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Controversial and thought-provoking 9. Februar 2000
This is a controversial yet thought-provoking book in which the authors put forward a theory, based primarily on archeo-astronomy, which suggests that certain man-made structures at the Giza necropolis (e.g. the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the temples nearby) may have had their origin traced back to around 10,500BC, making them vastly more ancient than most orthodox Egyptologists would have us believe.
While it is difficult at this stage to prove conclusively whether or not such a provocative theory is correct (although, as this work has become a best-seller, it would hopefully lead to more transparency in future excavation work at Giza, which, after all, houses one of the greatest heritage of human civilisation), the arguments put forward in support of the authors' views are very interesting and, at times, even enlightening. In particular, with the aid of well-produced diagrams, the authors have successfully led the reader step by step through a historical and astronomical minefield towards the startling revelation that the heaven (as represented by the stars) and the earth (as represented by the mega-structures at Giza) actually mirrored each other to an astonishing extent in that mysterious early epoch and that such heaven-earth symmetry appears to be consistent with the ideas apparently expressed in certain ancient Egyptian texts, leaving the reader wondering whether it is all mere coincidence or whether there has indeed been some clever planning by our forebears which is now lost in the mist of time.
It is evident that the authors have put in much effort in explaining their propositions clearly from basic principles and thus knowledge in astronomy or Egyptololgy is not a prerequisite before one can follow their train of reasoning.
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After I first read this book, I was inclined to give Hancock and Bauval at least some benefit of the doubt. I believed that at minimum they had succeeded in raising some interesting questions that _might_ suggest an origin for the Great Sphinx some 3000-8000 years before most historians and archaeologists believe it was carved (about 2500 BCE). Hancock and Bauval tell an interesting yarn, with hints of lost civilizations of startling technological and scientific prowess, and of hidden chambers waiting beneath the sands of Giza for a daring Indiana Jones to unearth.
As I read more on the subject of the Sphinx, the pyramids and other great structures of antiquity, however, I am less inclined to view Hancock and Bauval as anything more than incompetent cranks. Their yarn is just that, a yarn and nothing more. Their edifice of "archaeo-astronomical" reasoning is built on extremely shaky grounds, and in arriving at 10,500 BCE as the date of the Sphinx's origin, and as the apex of some great lost civilization, they must ignore a truly enormous amount of careful scientific reasoning. The reader of this book will not be provided with any real feeling for the rationale behind the "conventional" Egyptological views, for if he/she was to have such an understanding, Hancock and Bauval would be revealed for the sad pseudoscientists they are. In point of fact, the polemic of "Message of the Sphinx" is less about a rational basis for reevaluating everything we know of ancient Egypt than it is a retrospective justification for the pre-formed idea that there must be a lost, highly advanced Atlantis-like civilization in the distant past. To Hancock and his ilk, the ends justify the means.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but overstated 8. Oktober 1998
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I was pleased, upon finishing this book, to note that it omitted the dippier elements (earth crust displacement, lost civilizations in Antarctica, etc.) of Hancock's "Fingerprints of the Gods." I was dismayed, however, to note that once again a bestselling book supposedly concerned with history and archaeology had been penned by authors with little real experience in either field. Hancock's "research" involves reading and incorporating speculations made by others while roundly ignoring (or ridiculing) those that do not easily agree with his own predilections. Bauval's contribution as an engineer is perhaps notable, but not convincing. While soundly criticizing Egyptologists and other scientists, it seems that neither of these men ever bothered to learn to read hieroglyphics, to seriously study Egyptian history beyond a few basic texts, or to otherwise gain real expertise in the fields that apply to their arguments regarding the Sphinx. For example, the claim that the Sphinx exhibits extensive signs of water erosion is interesting, and borne out by a cursory examination of the photos available, but one wonders if the supposed consensus on this point among geologists really exists. Are there other ways to produce the erosion patterns seen today on the Sphinx? One would never know from reading this book, but a brief search on the web gave me a good hypothesis for one. From reading this book, one might also come away with the impression that most research on the Sphinx over the past 30 years has been performed under the auspices of Edgar Cayce's organization; don't modern archaeologists do anything? In the end, I find the notion that the Sphinx, and the ground plan of the monuments at Giza, predates the supposed origin of Egyptian civilization to be provocative and worth a closer look. I just wish someone more diligent, more even-handed, and more informed would take that closer look.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Recognition and Respect for Hancock's Work
I have been watching this guy, for a long time, now. Many people try to discredit him, because they cannot handle the truth. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2000 von Graham D. Lincoln
3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but dry
This book presents well thought out explanations for they pyramids, Sphinx, and other Egyptian monuments. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty good
The Message of the Sphinx was a great book that opened my mind. BUT SKIP SECTION 3! The author uses double and triple meanings of words, then states that the Egyptians were saying... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. März 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Riddle of the Sphinx Hearkens Back to Plato's Atlantis
The argument that the Sphinx and the three pyramids at Giza are much older than Egyptologists and academic archaeologists have admitted goes back to Rene Aor Schwaller de Lubicz... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen compelling and well researched
When I first saw this book at a bookstore, I figured it was another one of those goofy conspiracy-theory books. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. September 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting and thought-provoking
The author's arguments, though a little out there, made logical steps using alternative views and acurate information. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Masterpiece!
This book is a must, for anyone with an open mind. I have always believed that there is more to human life than what our governmentwants us to know. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant alternative theory!!!!
A very intersting twist on what we have been taught about the pyramids. The book brings together the facts that are right in front of us, but since they don't fit into the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read for those already familiar with this subject!
The authors are devoted and committed researchers who have sacrificed years of their lives to bring this story to us. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 15. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Extraordinary, fascinating
I am an avid reader of Scientific American--and this is an extraordinarily interesting book. Intelligently written, well-researched, each chapter presents new discoveries and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. März 1999 veröffentlicht
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