God of the architecture and the sciences, he have the appearance of a man dressed in the robes of a noble with the punt beard and carrying the tools of a builder.

ImhotepNot really a god in the truest sense of the word, Imhotep was a deified man. He was originally the chief architect, grand vizier, physician, and scientist under Zoser (III Dynasty, c.2635-2570 BC). He designed the Step Pyramid at Saqqara and formulated the architectural theories that would lead to the construction of the Pyramids of Giza only a few generations later. He was also an accomplished astronomer and physician. After his death a cult sprang up dedicated to him. It quickly grew in popularity among the learned people of Egypt (Imhotep’s life had occurred during a sort of Renaissance) and continued for many centuries. His followers believed him to be the son of Ptah, the architect of the entire universe. Worshipped widely throughout Egypt, he even had a flourishing cult in Greece where he was identified with Asclepius, another deified man and the god of healing.

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