Episode 4: The Sacred Ones

The Life and Immortality of Netjerykhet Djoser

Around 2680 BCE, King Netjerykhet Djoser came to the throne, and Egypt would change forever. Over the next thirty years, an enormous monument would rise near the capital city. Six layers, thousands of tons of stone, and a vast mortuary complex make the Step Pyramid the oldest pyramid in the world. It is a magnificent space…

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The step pyramid complex today.

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A statue base of Djoser (left) with reconstruction (right).

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Internal decoration of the South Tomb at the Saqqara pyramid complex.

04. Heliopolis

Decoration of a shrine built at Heliopolis under Djoser’s reign.


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).