Episode 3: With Apologies to Led Zeppelin

The Reign and Monuments of Netjery-khet Djoser.

The Third Dynasty has begun, with one of Egypt’s most famous kings: Netjery-khet Djoser. Seeking to surpass his predecessors and establish a truly eternal resting place, the king commissions his architect Imhotep (Iy-m-htp “He who comes in peace”), an enduring name thanks to history and The Mummy (1999).

Imhotep plans a new monument, one that will live forever.

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The step pyramid complex


Imhotep (left), and “Imhotep” (right).


Netjery-khet Djoser (Source: the Cairo Museum).


Erik Hornung, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: the One and the Many, 1996 (Amazon).

Mark Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, 2008 (Amazon).

John Romer, A History of Egypt: from the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid, 2013 (Amazon).

Toby Wilkinson, Early Dynastic Egypt, 2001 (Amazon).

David Wengrow, The Archaeology of Early Egypt, 2006 (Amazon).

Robert Wenke, The Ancient Egyptian State, 2009 (Amazon).