Episode 3: With Apologies to Led Zeppelin

Zhosers-Step-Pyramid-SaqqaraThe 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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Imhotep (left), and “Imhotep” (right).


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


Robert J. Wenke – The Ancient Egyptian State, 2009.

Toby H. Wilkinson, Early Dynastic Egypt, 2001.

Kathryn A. Bard, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, 2007.

Ian Shaw (editor), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2004.