Born: c. 3000 BC
Birthplace: Memphis, Egypt
Died: c. 2950 BC
Location of death: Ankhtowe, Egypt
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Mummified, lost
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Architect, Doctor, Government
Nationality: Ancient Egypt
Executive summary: Commoner who became a God
Imhotep was born an ordinary citizen of Ancient Egypt, and became a priest of the sun god Ra, as well as an architect, astronomer, physician, and Pharaoh Djoser's top adviser on matters of agriculture, finance, law and the military. He designed the step pyramid complex at Sakkara near Cairo, the oldest standing step pyramid and generally held as the first of the colossal stone monuments. Among the earliest physicians remembered by history, he practiced medicine some thousand years before the birth of Hippocrates, and is sometimes cited as the father of medicine. While Imhotep was alive he was so revered as a healer and worker of medical miracles he was hailed as a demi-god, and some two thousand years after his death he was officially declared a full deity and life-giving son of Ptah, creator god of Memphis. His name means "he who comes in peace", and he is believed to be the only non-royal elevated to godhood by the ancient Egyptians. In modern pop culture, the mummified Imhotep is reincarnated as a monster in The Mummy films, played by Boris Karloff in 1932 and by Arnold Vosloo in the 1999 remake with Brendan Fraser.
Father: Kanofer (builder)
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