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A Stunning Stone Story by Ahmed Seddik

For a while, the ancient Egyptians lived in a divided land and a land divided cannot stand. Upper Egypt was the land of lotus. Lower Egypt was the land of papyrus. Around 3000 BC, King Menes united the two lands forming the United States of Lotus and Papyrus. By 2700 BC, a mighty lord of the two lands triumphed over the rich and the mighty and acceded to the throne. A monumental mental momentum was shaping the dynamic dynastic destiny of Egypt; he is King Zoser. In my mind's eye, it was Zoser's worry about leading an afterlife in neglect that had him elect an architect of great intellect, who was able to detect a way to protect  and project the pharaoh's image to great effect. His name was Imhotep, a modern mind in an ancient body. Imhotep was a scholar, an astronomer, a physician, a priest, and all in all, a polymath, all rolled into one. What won him his reputation was the imitation of the original into stone. It was Imhotep alone who allowed stone to set the tone.