11 Facts About Djoser


Djoser was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh of the 3rd Dynasty during the Old Kingdom, and was the founder of that epoch.

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Djoser is known by his Hellenized names Tosorthros and Sesorthos.

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Djoser was the son of king Khasekhemwy and queen Nimaathap, but whether he was the direct successor to their throne is unclear.

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Djoser is known for his step pyramid, which is the earliest colossal stone building in ancient Egypt.

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Djoser is linked to Khasekhemwy, the last king of the Second Dynasty of Egypt, through his wife Queen Nimaethap via seals found in Khasekhemwy's tomb and at Beit Khallaf.

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Djoser's cult seems to have still been active in the later reign of Sneferu.

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Djoser is one of the principal candidates for the founder of the Third Dynasty.

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Manetho states Djoser ruled Egypt for twenty-nine years, while the Turin King List states it was only nineteen years.

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Djoser dispatched several military expeditions to the Sinai Peninsula, during which the local inhabitants were subdued.

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Djoser sent expeditions there to mine for valuable minerals such as turquoise and copper.

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One of the most famous contemporaries of king Djoser was his vizier, "head of the royal shipyard" and "overseer of all stone works", Imhotep.

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