The second king of the 3rd Dynasty was Netjerykhet,
the son of Khasekhemwy.
Also known as Djoser, he ruled for almost two decades and
is accredited with building the Step
Pyramid at Saqqara. The king's vizier, Imhotep, was
the architect of that great tomb, and of the magnificent Funerary Complex of Djoser at Saqqara.
Egypt experienced a seven year famine during Djoser's
reign, so he sought the counsel of Imhotep and one of his
governors, Medir, and agreed to travel to Elephantine at
Aswan. Once there he erected a temple to the god Khnum,
who was said to controlled the flow of the Nile. The
famine ended, miraculously enough, and people believed it
was due to this act of faith.