Step pyramid

2648 BCE

Step pyramid

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Imhotep architecture Step pyramid

Step pyramid

Imhotep, the myth


The first architect of monumental cut stone is lost, or nearly lost, to myth; the myth we call “Imhotep” may be an accumulation of attributes and accomplishments made by many people. However, the step pyramid that he or they designed broke with precedent in size, shape, and materials of construction. As for the date of this pyramid, I take the year that Djoser died.

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