Imhotep’s Pyramid, the Prototype.
4,500 years old & designed by Djoser’s vizier Imhotep.
In my mind, he’s the 1st genius. Not only did he design the 1st pyramid, still standing, a testimony to genius, BUT –
He began the art of mummification, the vital part of sending the soul of Pharaoh & everyday Egyptian on the journey to the ” Underworld ” & from studying internal organs, he gained important medical knowledge, which was preserved in at least 1 papyrus.
When the Greeks & Romans entered Egypt during / after the Ptolemaic period, Imhotep’s reputation supposedly preceded him & they venerated him as a god.
Vizier, architect, god – Quite a legacy. Unfortunately, his mummified remains have not been discovered or identified with certainty. But his reputation stands.
Step Pyramid at Saqqara King Djoser’s Pyramid.
Source: Discovering Ancient Egypt