Who was Imhotep?

Imhotep (sometimes spelled Immutef, Im-hotep, or Ii-em-Hotep, meaning “the one who comes in peace”

was an Kemetic Multi-Genius, who served under the Third Dynasty king, Djoser, as chancellor to the pharaoh and high priest of the Ra at Anu (Heliopolis). He is considered to be the first architect and physician known by name in history .

The full list of his titles is: Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt, First after the King of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, Builder, Chief Carpenter, Chief Sculptor and Maker of Vases in Chief. As with Hatshepsut and Senemut’s later relationship, Imhotep is one of very few mortals to be depicted as part of a pharaoh’s statue. He was one of only a few commoners ever to be accorded divine status after death. The centre of his cult was Memphis. From the First Intermediate Period onward Imhotep was also revered as a poet and philosopher. His sayings were famously referred to in poems: I have heard the words of Imhotep and Hordedef with whose discourses men speak so much

The knowledge of the location of Imhotep’s tomb was lost in antiquity and is still unknown, despite efforts to find it. The general consensus is that it is at Saqqara.

Sakkara designed by Imhotep

Exploring the Step Pyramid

The Discovery of the Unfinished Step Pyramid of Sekhemkhet in Saqqara


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