added by archaeologs The second king of the 3rd dynasty (c 2650-2575 BC) of Egypt, who undertook the construction of the earliest important stone building in Egypt. His reign was marked by great technological innovation. He and his architect / minister, Imhotep, who was himself deified, constructed the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, which was not only the first pyramidal funerary complex but also the earliest example of large-scale stone masonry in Egypt. He was effectively the founder of the Old Kingdom.
added by archaeologs Either the first or the second pharaoh of the Third Egyptian Dynasty, c2660 BC. Later tradition was probably correct in regarding him as the effective founder of the Old Kingdom. His most lasting monument is his burial place, the step pyramid complex at Saqqara, designed by the royal architect Imhotep.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983