The Russian poetic tradition the name of the Sphinx is leaning in the masculine gender, but it is not typical of the scientific literature. Thus, in the "Sphinx" article in the "Dictionary of antiquity" to avoid the use of this name in the masculine, the word "monster", and stated that "S. is the daughter of Echidna "(Sphinx. // Dictionary of antiquity. M., Progress, 1989. S. 559). In the works of VN Yarkho Sphinx - a proper noun is feminine. Wed .: "Continuing the way, Oedipus came to Thebes, solved the riddle of the Sphinx-villain ..." (VN Yarkho tragic theater of Sophocles Sophocles Drama // Nauka, 1991. S. 483....); "Sphinx, Sfinga - in Greek. monster mythology generated by Typhon and Ehidnoy, with the face and breast of a woman, the body of a lion and wings of a bird. Sphinx is located on the mountain near Thebes ... and asked each pass riddle ... "(Sphinx. // Myths of the World. Volume Two. Moscow, Soviet Encyclopedia, 1982. S. 479). The proposed transfer of this principle is preserved, and which corresponds to the English original. - Approx. Perevi.