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Penn Museum: Great Myths and Legends | Imhotep | From Architect to Deity to Villain


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The historical figure Imhotep designed the remarkable Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara built during the reign of King Djoser (circa 2687–2668 BCE). After his death, Imhotep was regarded as a great sage and was later deified one of the few human beings to join the Egyptian pantheon. As a god, Imhotep was regarded as a patron of healers. This talk by Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, examines his rise from royal architect to divine being, concluding with an exploration of his appearance in pop culture today.

 

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