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Imhotep

Updated: Apr 8, 2023





Imhotep was the worlds first genius, first Known sage, physician, astronomer, and architect. (2690 - 2610 BC). He was the High Priest of Heliopolis, Prime Minister of Pharaoh Djoser, and he designed the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, During Dynasty 3 The meaning of the name "Imhotep" is "He who comes in peace."




The Honorary Titles Attributed To Imhotep Are:

Treasurer Of The King Of Lower Egypt, First After The King Of Upper Egypt, Builder, Sculptor, Maker Of Stone Pots ... According To Inscription On A Statue Found At Saqqara.

He was a great ancient physician, regarded as the founder of Egyptian medicine and revered by later Greeks and Egyptians. He is also considered the author of the Edwin Smith Papyrus, Ancient Egyptian Medicine Treatise, On Cures, Ailments, And Anatomical Observations (Although Perhaps This Text Was Written Around 1700 BC, Based On His Teachings And With Additions From Other Physicians). He was also The Architect Of The Step Pyramid Of Saqqara, The First Pyramid In History, For Pharaoh Djoser. Imhotep Organized The Construction, By Hundreds Of Workers, And Also Made The First Funeral City. Under the pyramid, he excavated what was the Tomb of Djoser and a set of galleries into the rock to store thousands of burial vessels, engraved with the names of his predecessors. For centuries, the Egyptians regarded Imhotep as the god of medicine and wisdom and patron of the scribes. He Is Usually Depicted Sitting With A Papyrus Unfolded On His Knees



A render of the 3D GIS model showing a visualization of the Dynasty 5 valley temple of King Unas (foreground), with photographic textures replicating the original colors and the materials of the building; the connected pyramid is uphill on the image left; the neighboring step pyramid of Djoser is on the image right.


 

The funerary complex of King Djoser at Saqqara, with its Step Pyramid, is the most extraordinary architectural complex of the Old Kingdom. Its architect was the Great Imhotep who would be deified by the Greeks 2,500 years later. Hippocrates would study in Memphis at the Temple of Imhotep. The Greeks in turn saw in him their healing god Asclepius. In the third century B.C.E. the Egyptian historian Manetho repeated the traditional belief that Imhotep had invented the art of building in stone during Djoser's reign. In 1926, in a dump south of the entrance colonnade at the complex, the Antiquities Service found a statue base and fragments of a statue of King Djoser on which is engraved, next to the king's Horus name, that of Imhotep with the following titles: "Seal Bearer of the king of Lower Egypt, first after the king of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Grand Palace, hereditary noble, high priest of Heliopolis, Imhotep, builder and sculptor. ..." The dedication allows this godlike man to step out of legend and assume his place in history.


Source: https://www.mfab.hu/artworks/votive-statue-of-imhotep/

Dynasty: 3rd Dynasty

Rule: King Djoser

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