Imhotep was an official during the 3rd Dynasty
and served under four kings. He is best known for his
position as vizier and high priest of Ptah during the
reign of Djoser
I. Imhotep was a commoner by birth, but rose through
the ranks with his natural talents and dedication.
Imhotep was called the "Son of Ptah" but didn't
limit himself to religious matters alone. He was a very
good poet, architect, and priest-physician. The greatest
achievement of Imhotep is the Step Pyramid
at Saqqara. He built this pyramid for Djoser, but it
became an architectural model for the spiritual ideals of
the people of Egypt.
Djoser's Step Pyramid was not just a tomb, but was a
collection of temples, pavilions, corridors, chapels,
halls and storerooms. His plan included fluted columns
that were attached to the limestone walls, which
conformed to the walls in the palace. This preserved a
link with the past in the ancient styles of architecture.
His best known writings were medical writings. He was
honored by the Greeks during the Roman period. The
had inscriptions praising Imhotep placed on the walls of
their Egyptian temples.