10 Facts About Imhotep


Traditions from long after Imhotep's death treated him as a great author of wisdom texts and especially as a physician.

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Imhotep's historicity is confirmed by two contemporary inscriptions made during his lifetime on the base or pedestal of one of Djoser's statues and by a graffito on the enclosure wall surrounding Sekhemkhet's unfinished step pyramid.

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The latter inscription suggests that Imhotep outlived Djoser by a few years and went on to serve in the construction of Pharaoh Sekhemkhet's pyramid, which was abandoned due to this ruler's brief reign.

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Imhotep was one of the chief officials of the Pharaoh Djoser.

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Two thousand years after his death, Imhotep's status had risen to that of a god of medicine and healing.

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Imhotep was revered in the region of Thebes as the "brother" of Amenhotep, son of Hapu – another deified architect – in the temples dedicated to Thoth.

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Alternatively, since Imhotep was known as the "Son of Ptah", his mother was sometimes claimed to be Sekhmet, the patron of Upper Egypt whose consort was Ptah.

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Imhotep is credited with having been instrumental in ending it.

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Imhotep is the antagonistic title character of Universal's 1932 film The Mummy and its 1999 remake, along with a sequel to the remake.

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Imhotep was portrayed in the television show Stargate SG1 as being a false god and an alien known as a Goa'uld.

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