Pyramids Essay

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Pyramids

     The pyramids of Egypt are the last remaining Wonder of the World. Even
in the days of Ancient Egypt when powerful pharaohs ruled over Egypt the
pyramids were considered a wonder. Today, the ruins of 35 pyramids still stand
near the Nile River in Egypt. These pyramids were built to protect the bodies
of Egyptian kings and other royalty but before the pyramids became the standard
for burials, tombs were used for Egypt's early rulers, nobles, and other high
ranking officials. This group of hierarchy were laid to rest in rectangular,
flat-topped mastabas of mud and brick. These mastabas were about 12 feet high
and were easy targets for tomb robbers.
     The first pyramid built was the Step Pyramid of Saqqara; it stands in
the open desert south of Cairo. The Step Pyramid was built for King Djoser.
The people of Egypt willingly labored to build these monuments for their rulers,
believing that, as gods, the pharaohs had to be properly provided for in their
afterlife. The Step Pyramid was built around 2630 B.C. It exhibited a radical
new shape never before used, and it was so new the Egyptians used its
silhouettes as the hieroglyphic for “primeval mound”, the first piece of earth
to emerge from the soup of creation (Malek 90).
     King Djoser's chief architect for his pyramid was Imhotep. It is
thought that King Djoser's stone tomb started out having the standard shape of a
mastaba. Then, as construction progressed, a concept evolved. Imhotep began to
place one flat-topped stone structure atop another until he had created six
steps by which the king could ascent to the heavens after death. The Egyptians
had a firm belief in an afterlife and viewed their pharaohs as gods. These
beliefs were a strong force that led to the piling up of stones to such a
monumental scale. The Step Pyramid rose to a height of 204 feet; later pyramids
increased in height as their designs changed. It was not sufficient that a
pyramid be immense, but it had to be built so solidly that it would stand
forever.
     Although the Step Pyramid was the first pyramid, the Great Pyramid is
the best known. The Great Pyramid was built for King Cheop. It is the largest
pyramid of the three at Giza. The three pyramids built for King Cheops, King
Chephrun, and King Mycerinos stand on the west bank of the Nile outside Cairo.
They are the largest and best preserved of all Egyptian pyramids. They were
built between 2600 B.C. and 2500 B.C. However, it is hard today to imagine the
manpower involved in building the Great Pyramid (especially in our world of
computers, machinery, and advanced technology. The ancient Egyptians had no
machinery or iron tools to help in the building of the pyramids. The large
limestone blocks used to build the pyramids were cut with copper chisels and
saws. Most of these stones came from nearby quarries. An interesting fact to
note is that camels were...

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