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Egyptian Pyramids

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 10:06 AM
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When most people mention Ancient Egypt the first thing that

comes to mind is the Pyramids.   To construct such monuments required a

mastery of art, architecture and social organization that few cultures

would ever rival.   The pyramids are said to have built Egypt by being

the force that knit together the kingdom's economy.   Their creations

were so substantial, that the sight of these vast pyramids would take

your breath away.   Today, the valley of the Nile has an open air

museum so people can witness these grand monuments.

        Obsessed with the afterlife, Egypt's rulers of 4,500 years ago

glorified themselves in stone,   thereby laying the foundation of the

first great nation-state.   A Pyramid is an enormous machine that helps

the king go through the wall of the dead, achieve resurrection and

live forever in the happiness of the gods.   The start of the Old

Kingdom is said to be the building of the Djoser's monument.   The

construction of Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser began around 2630 B.C.

and was designed to awe the ancient Egyptians, to impress them with

their rule's godlike strength.   It was the world's first great

construction project; indeed, it was the world's largest building.

        Djoser, the second king of the 3rd dynasty, hired an architect

called Imhoptep who for the first time constructed a tomb completely

of stone.   Imhoptep is considered the preeminent genius of the Old

Kingdom.   He assembled one workforce to quarry limestone at the cliff

of Tura, across the Nile, another to haul the stone to the site where

master carvers shaped each block and put it in place.

        The Step Pyramid is a terraced structure rising in six unequal

stages to a height of 60 meters, its base measuring 120 meters by 108


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