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For many years, Egyptologists had even doubted that Imhotep had been a real person. They found it difficult to believe the various
accomplishments credited to him.
Imhotep has been termed the ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ of ancient Egypt, but he was more than that. Da Vinci gained the reputation of genius, Imhotep was eventually elevated to the status of a god. The historian Manetho wrote that “during his reign [that is, the reign of Djoser of the 3rdDynasty], lived Imouthes, i.e. Imhotep, who, because of his medical skill has the reputation of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, among the Egyptians and who was the inventor of the art of building with hewn stone.”
Now it was this statement that caused specialists to doubt the existence of a real man named Imhotep.
But in 1926, the question was settled once and for all. Imhotep was a real man. When excavations were carried out at the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, south of Cairo, fragments of a statue of Pharaoh Djoser were found.
The base was inscribed with the names of Djoser and of “Imhotep, Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt, Chief under the King,
Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary Lord, High Priest of Heliopolis, Imhotep the Builder, the Sculptor, the Maker of Stone Vases…”.