Dating the sphinx construction
The claims of some of these writers, such as Zechariah Sitchin and Erich von Daniken, have long been discredited by scholarship in the field, and those of more recent writers on the subject are routinely ignored or claimed to be irrelevant or incorrect.
Scholars remain in disagreement over who had the Sphinx carved and when it was created, but all agree it is an impressive piece of work which, for centuries, was the largest sculpture in the world.
Khafre succeeded Khufu and began his own pyramid complex next to his father's.
Other Egyptologists, and scholars, professors, and historians from outside the field, have claimed the Sphinx is much older than the 4th-Dynasty date mainstream Egyptology continually insists on.The Sphinx measures 240 feet long (73 m) and stands 66 feet high (20 m), oriented on a straight west-to-east axis.The Egyptologist Miroslav Verner comments on the significance of the sculpture writing: The Great Sphinx of Giza is more than simply a symbol of ancient and modern Egypt.The cult of the Sphinx grew up after the reign of Thutmose IV, most likely in response to the Dream Stele which encouraged people to look upon the statue as a living deity able to influence the future.
The 4th-century CE Coptic Christians called the statue (The Guardian), and this name is still used today.
Amenhotep II's inscriptions, therefore, suggest a probable date and names of kings associated with its creation.