Imhotep: Son Of Ptah

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A commoner by blood; Imhotep became one of The Great Djoser’s, a Pharaoh’s most trusted visors. His importance has triumphed even past Djoser. After his death, he was given titles of such high respect; Patron of scribes, personifying wisdom and education. He was so well accomplished he was given the nickname Son of Ptah who was the chief god of Memphis. This was to award his wisdom during his role as a chancellor. He served by own priesthood; known as the mediator between gods and humans. This made him important because this automatically made him as important as a pharaoh since pharaohs are seen as sons of gods. His name has been made even more famous in the modern day due to popular mummy movies that mention him. This shows that he was significant …show more content…
It is believed that he may have lived to serve under 4 kings. His other titles of respect are "chancellor of the king of lower Egypt", "first one under the king", "administrator of the great mansion", "hereditary Noble", "high priest of Heliopolis", "chief sculptor", and lastly "chief carpenter". This shows he is significant to ancient Egypt because most pharaohs aren’t even known by these grand names; the very famous ones are known for their deaths, their gender, and the size and importance of their pyramids, of which were built by Imhotep. There have been 3 types of statues that are found in relevance to him; a statue of a common man, a statue of him has a sage holding papyrus, and lastly one of him dressed like a god, carrying an ankh and scepter. These show his significance because it shows his fight for the top was a realistic battle; he did not start as a child prodigy; he was a grown man before he released his greatness to Egypt. He was never forgotten, this is significant because only the important are never …show more content…
From being the inventor of the great pyramids of what made Egypt so recognizable as a civilization today, to being the father of medicine that possibly saved Egypt from dying out of disease, to becoming a god from a common man and everything in between, it is clearly shown that Imhotep is one of the most important Egyptians alive. Without his contribution to Egyptian architecture, there wouldn’t have been such an advancement in how they built tombs; there wouldn’t have been a way for pharaoh’s to display their power, and there wouldn 't have been anyway for egypt to leave behind such powerful, physical landmarks of their great existence. Without his contribution to the study of medicine, then his whole civilization would’ve gone extinct a lot faster, since there wouldn’t have been diagnoses and cures for those diseases in time. Finally, without his turning into a god himself, then he wouldn 't have been regarded as Egypt as the greatest Egyption, since he has surpassed the power of a Pharaoh by becoming a god; deity’s the Egyptians admired most. When famous people give birth to offspring, their friends and family’s will usually think and tell each other that they hope the child can live up to their parent’s legacy. This is like how Imhotep is to Egypt. The civilizations now have to live up to their ancestors legacy’s, but whose legacy does Egypt have to live off of? The answer has just been answered by one

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