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Celebrating Regal Kings of Africa: Egyptian Pharaoh Imhotep

by Shane Thomas

 

RegalMag.com continues its series celebrating kings of ancient Africa.

 

 

Honoring the Regal Kings of Africa—Part Two


RegalMag.com received its name from the fact that Black men descended from African kings, not just African-American slaves.


The name Regal came from the royal lineage of those African forefathers.


With that being said, it is only the right thing to do for RegalMag.com to honor some of the African kings that helped give birth to its name.



Imhotep—Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh from 2200 B.C.


Imhotep was not just an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.  The brother was literally a genius.  He was a brilliant astronomer, poet, architect, physicist and philosopher.


Egypt is well known for its pyramids, and the African nation has Imhotep to thank for many of them like King Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara.


Many historians believe that Imhotep is the author of the Edwin Smith Papyrus, which is a book with more than 90 astronomical terms with 48 remedies to heal different injuries.


After his death, people gave him the nickname Ascelipius, which means medicine god.


According to multiple sources, he is also deified as the god of wisdom, science and architecture.


The Ancient History Encyclopedia stated, “His works were still extremely popular and influential during the Roman Empire and the emperors Tiberius and Claudius both had their temples inscribed with praise of the benevolent god Imhotep…


“Under King Djoser’s reign (c. 2670 BCE) Imhotep was vizier and chief architect.  Throughout his life, he would hold many titles including First After the King of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt, Hereditary Nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, and Sculptor and Maker of Vases Chief.  Imhotep was a commoner by birth who advanced to the position of one of the most important and influential men in Egypt through his natural talents.”


The ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s medical knowledge was precedent setting.


Imhotep is regarded as the first to acknowledge that illnesses were natural occurrences, not necessarily a punishment from a higher power.


He was deified in Egypt in 525 B.C.


Modern Egypt is described as an ancient country in current times.


In 2007, the estimated Egyptian population was 80,264,543 people.


The capital of Egypt is Cairo, which is also the country’s largest city.  Other major cities include Alexandria, Egypt and Giza, Egypt.


Egypt’s currency is known as the Egyptian pound.


The ancient country is known for hot summers and cold winters.


Egypt’s official language is Arabic, but English and French are also widely spoken throughout he country.

 

The major religion of the northeast African country is Islam.


This article was published on Friday 23 June, 2017.
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