The Sphinx

Saga Asterix
Comics Asterix and Cleopatra René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (1965)
It was during the visit to the Giza plateau that Obelix had the idea of climbing the Sphinx in order to have a better view. We discover at the same time how the nose was broken...
Sphinx - Credit: Pixabay

“Maybe we could glue it back together?”


The vile Amonbofis paid the stone supplier not to supply the construction site, stopping the construction of the palace for Caesar. Asterix, Obelix, Getafix and Dogmatix decide to accompany the supplier to ensure that the stones are received correctly. They take the opportunity to visit the Giza plateau with its pyramids.

While Getafix is having his portrait cut out, Obelix has the good idea of climbing the Sphinx to get a good view. Asterix advises him not to do this, Obelix does as he pleases and continues climbing. As he approaches the summit, he puts his foot on the nose of the legendary creature, causing it to fall.

René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo explain with humor the origin of the disappearance of the famous nose of the Sphinx. This is not the only nose they talk about in the album: Cleopatra’s nose is often mentioned by the different protagonists when they mention that she has a pretty nose. This running gag alludes to the famous quote from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées: “Cleopatra’s nose, if it had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have changed“.


This is the number of liters of beer that were necessary for the conception of the album alongside 14 liters of Indian ink, 30 brushes, 62 pencils…

Plate of the Sphinx in Asterix and Cleopatra
Asterix and Cleopatra – René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo (éditions Albert-René / Hachette)

Great Sphinx of Giza

The Sphinx of Giza is a theriant statue of Egypt, located in front of the great pyramids of the Giza plateau.

Made around 2500 BC, the Sphinx of Giza is the largest monolithic monumental sculpture in the world. It measures 20,22 meters in height for 14 meters in width and 73,5 meters in length. Its mass would be about 20,000 tons. The ori... Learn more about Great Sphinx of Giza

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