Robert Temple - Author of The Sphinx Mystery
The Sphinx Mystery by Robert Temple with Olivia Templ

2 September 2010

Century, London, 2010.
A fascinating look into the real history of the ancient civilisations, including revelatory new evidence which challenges accepted truths about the history of Egypt.

The mysteries of Ancient Egypt have proved an endless source of fascination to the world. Here, for the first time, international bestselling author Robert Temple seeks to expose the real history of this ancient civilisation. In this fascinating study, Temple unearths revelatory new evidence which challenges accepted truths about the history of Egypt and questions the evidence which most Egyptologists have relied on since 1910. In so doing he has sought to answer the two big questions which have until now been taken for granted:

Where did Egyptian civilisation come from?

And who built the pyramids, and why?

With unprecedented access to lost portions of the valley temple which have long been closed to archaeologists, Temple presents a sensational, reconstructed story of Egypt which exposes a magnitude of previously unseen evidence, including:

  • Pinpointing exact locations of unopened royal tombs
  • Presenting re-datings of key monuments using a revolutionary new dating technique
  • Exposing faked evidence which has been credulously accepted by the
    Egyptological community

  • Revealing who really built the pyramids
  • The Great Pyramid could not have been built by King Cheops, nor was it his tomb. But Robert Temple has discovered the precise location of the real tomb of Cheops, which has never been opened since his burial, and is elsewhere at Giza


The Sphinx Mystery by Robert Temple with Olivia Templ

The Sphinx Mystery

with Olivia Temple, Inner Traditions, Rochester, 2009.
Revealing that the Sphinx was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, and that its face is that of a Middle Kingdom Pharaoh, Amenemhet II, which was a later re-carving. In addition, photographic evidence of ancient sluice gate traces to demonstrate that, during the Old Kingdom, the Sphinx as Anubis sat surrounded by a moat filled with water--called Jackal Lake in the ancient Pyramid Texts--where religious ceremonies were held. Robert Temple provides evidence that the exact size and position of the Sphinx were geometrically determined in relation to the pyramids of Cheops and Chephren and that it was part of a pharaonic resurrection cult.

For more information on The Sphinx Mystery visit the dedicated site at
The Sphinx Mystery by Robert Temple with Olivia Templ

The Genius of China

Andre Deutsch, February 2007.
The new revised and expanded edition of The Genius of China. The book has much additional information and 50 new photographs.
oracles of the dead by Robert Temple

Oracles of the Dead

Destiny Books, 2005.
The book examines ancient methods of foretelling the future and discovering the physical location of the Greek Underworld (Hades), and explores the mysteries associated with Delphi and other oracles of the ancient world. Drawing evidence from a range of sources within orthodox scholarship, physics and biology, Robert Temple shows how the latest developments in science may validate the system of the I Ching. The book also includes a theory of change based upon recent scientific work in a variety of fields.
Netherworld by Robert Temple


Century Books, London, 2002.
A revised and updated American edition is also now available - published by Inner Traditions International - under the new title Oracles of the Dead (see above).
The Crystal Sub by RObert Templ

The Crystal Sun

Century Books, London, 2000.
A German edition is also now available (Die Kristall Sonne). This is a survey of ancient optical and light technology. RT reports on his examination of more than 450 ancient lenses in museums around the world, and explains the accompanying mythological and religious lore and many unusual ancient scientific insights and capabilities. The winter solstice sunrise shadow cast upon the Great Pyramid at Giza is one of the many original discoveries presented in this book. The book has an Introduction by Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
aesop's fables by Robert Temple

Aesop. The Complete Fables

With Olivia Temple, Penguin Books, London, 1998.
This is the first translation into English of the complete 358 fables of the edition of Professor Émile Chambry, over 100 of which had never been translated before. The fables in this translation have been performed by the Classic Stage Company in New York.
The Sirius Mystery by Robert Temple

The Sirius Mystery

Originally published by Sidgwick & Jackson, London, and St. Martins Press, New York, 1976. Translated into nearly two dozen languages. Revised edition (expanded by a further 50%) published by Century Books, London, 1998.
Click below to see the bestseller list from the Saturday Telegraph, 24th January 1998. The Sirius mystery featured at number 10: Bestseller list (PDF, 0.3MB)

American edition published by Inner Traditions International. Featured favourably in a BBC Television Horizon documentary in 1977 (shown in America as a Nova progam). Reviewed favourably in Nature. Estonian, Bulgarian, and Turkish editions have also been printed.

The Illustrated Golden Bough

The Illustrated Golden Bough

by Sir James Frazer, Batsford, London, 1996.
I was originally commissioned to write an introduction for this book but to my dissatisfaction my work was changed without my consent and the book was still published. To read more about this, and to see my introduction as it was oringinally intended, please click here.


He Who Saw Everything: A Verse Translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh by Robert Temple


He Who Saw Everything:
A Verse Translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh

Rider Books, London, 1991.
This translation was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London in 1993.



Open to Suggestion: The Uses and Abuses of Hypnosis by Robert Temple

Open to Suggestion: The Uses and Abuses of Hypnosis

The Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, 1989.
It includes a survey of 150 years of case histories of hypnotic abuse and crime, and a thorough survey of world hypnosis research as it stood in 1989 (Temple had attended international hypnosis conferences and knew most leading researchers. He also has probably the largest private hypnosis library in Europe). The final chapter contains a new theory of consciousness, which was praised (see note in front of book) by Professor Ernest Hilgard, America's most famous living psychologist and former President of the American Psychological Association, who said: 'You have produced a plausible and forward-looking theory.' Professor John Taylor, head of the Neural Net Group of the University of London, also said that the theory had made a useful contribution to neural net theory. (The new theory is based upon Pierre Janet's theory of mental energy levels, combined with insights into parallel distributed processing, and offers also a theory of hypnosis).

Click here to download the publicity release of 1989.
The Genius of China by Robert Temple

The Genius of China

Originally published as China: Land of Discovery and Invention by Patrick Stephens, England, 1986 and as The Genius of China by Simon and Schuster, USA, 1987. Now published by Andre Deutsch/Carlton Books, London. Introduction by Joseph Needham. The book is a history of Chinese science and technology. It won five major literary awards in the West, including ones from the American Library Association and the New York Academy of Sciences. This book was published in full trade editions in several foreign languages. It was adopted by UNESCO as an international project and by them translated into 43 languages, including such esoteric ones as Swahili, Basque, Catalan, Thai and Burmese. The book has been translated into Chinese four times: once for serialization weekly over the course of two years in the Chinese Science and Technology Weekly in the 1980s, once in a Hong Kong pirate edition, once in a mainland pirate edition, and finally officially by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, using a team of 34 specialist translators. (A simplified school edition for secondary school children is currently being planned, with the personal encouragement of the Chinese Minister of Education.) The official Chinese edition has a foreward by Dr. Lu Jiaxi, President of the Academy of Sciences, and introductory calligraphy by Dr. Song Jian, then Science and Technology Minister and now President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Vice Chairman of the National People's Consultative Committee.
Conversations with Eternity by Robert Temple

Conversations with Eternity

Rider Books, London, 1984.
The book is a survey of both Chinese and Western oracle and divination techniques in antiquity. It contains the first suggestions of a theoretical link between the Shang Dynasty oracle bones system and the I Ching. It also suggests that a brilliant scientific tradition existed prior to the Han Dynasty, which was later largely eclipsed by the 'five elements school'. This was the book which so impressed Joseph Needham that he asked Temple to work with him on The Genius of China (listed above).
Strange Things: A Collection of Modern Scientific Curiosities by Robert Temple

Strange Things: A Collection of
Modern Scientific Curiosities

Sphere Books, London, 1983.
A popular account of fifty bizarre findings reported in modern scientific journals.
Goetter, Orakel und Visionen by Robert Temple

Goetter, Orakel und Visionen
(Gods, Oracles, and Visions)

Umschau Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1982.
This book was never published in English, and contains a new theory of time.

Foreign and Special Editions

Robert Temple's books have been translated into 44 langauges, some are shown below.

The Genius of China

Chinese student edition

Chinese edition

French paperback

French hardback

German edition

The Crystal Sun

Chinese edition

German edition

Japanese edition

Russian edition

Aesop. The Complete Fables

American leather bound special edition.
Click here to view fronticepiece

Chinese edition

Chinese edition

Korean edition

The Sirius Mystery

Italian edition

Spanish edition

Dutch edition

German edition

The Sirius Mystery: Answering the Critics

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