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Imhotep TitleChancellor of the King of Lower Egypt
Administrator of the Great Palace
- High Priest of Heliopolis
Cult CenterMemphis
FatherHis real father was an architect named Kanofer
Mythological father Ptah
MotherHis real mother was Khreduonkh from Mendes
Mythological mother Sekhmet
Patron - Dominionarchitecture
- Medicine
Dedicated ShrinesTemple of Hathor at Dier el-Medina
Amun at Karnak
A sanctuary on the upper terrace of the Deir el Bahari Temple
AppearanceAn ordinary man who is dressed in plain attire
A scribe seated on a chair with a roll of papyrus on his knees or under his arm
Greek equivalentGod of medicineAsclepius
Cult- Imhotep was the Vizier of Zoser, he designed the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, and may have been responsible for the first known use of columns in architecture.
- For this reason many scholars consider him the father of Architecture
- He lived around 2600 BC
- He is the founder of Egyptian medicine and the author of the remarkable Edwin Smith papyrus
- Imhotep also preached on the philosophy of life, including the proverb "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we shall die."
- About 100 years after his death, he was elevated as a medical demigod.
- In about 525 BC, around 2,000 years after his death, he was elevated to a full god, and replaced Nefertum in the great triad at Memphis, becoming one of only a few commoners ever to be given a divine status
- His name means "the one who comes in peace"
- His burial was never found, but it is believed to be at Saqqara

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