Robert Temple

Robert Temple is visiting professor of the history and philosophy of science at Tsinghua University in Beijing; fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; member of the Egypt Exploration Society, Royal Historical Society, Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies; and visiting research fellow of the University of the Aegean in Greece. He is the author of 12 books, including The Sphinx Mystery, The Sirius Mystery, Oracles of the Dead, and The Genius of China. He wrote, produced, and presented the documentary film Descent into Hell, based upon his book, Oracles of the Dead, for National Geographic Channel. His translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh was staged at the Royal National Theatre in London in 1993. He resides in England with his wife, Olivia. They are joint translators of Aesop: The Complete Fables.

Books By Robert Temple

  1. The Sirius Mystery

    The Sirius Mystery

    By Robert Temple

    An awe-inspiring work that calls for a reappraisal of our role in the universe, this book provides convincing evidence that the Egyptian, Sumerian, and Dogon civilizations were founded by aliens from the Sirius star system and are now ready to return.
  2. The Sphinx Mystery

    The Sphinx Mystery

    By Robert Temple


    Robert Temple reveals that the Sphinx was originally a monumental Anubis, the Egyptian jackal god, and its head was later re-carved in the likeness of Pharaoh Amenemhet II. Surrounded by a moat--called Jackal Lake in the Pyramid Texts--and containing hidden chambers, the Sphinx was a center for religious ceremonies in ancient times.

  3. Oracles of the Dead

    Oracles of the Dead

    By Robert Temple

    In Oracles of the Dead--published internationally as Netherworld--Robert Temple examines the Greek and Roman traditions and techniques of divination and compares them to those of ancient China. Temple investigates the various mysteries associated with Delphi and the other oracles of the ancient world and explains how they were used to allow visitors to experience contact with the divine.