reply to post by woodwytch
I always thought this was because of Imhotep
(sometimes spelled Immutef, Im-hotep, or Ii-em-Hotep, Egyptian ii-m-ḥtp *jā-im-ḥatāp meaning "the one who comes in peace") was an Egyptian
polymath, who served under the Third Dynasty king, Djoser, as chancellor to the pharaoh and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis.
He is considered to be the first architect and physician in history known by name . The full list of his titles is: Chancellor of the King of Lower
Egypt, First after the King of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, Builder, Chief
Carpenter, Chief Sculptor and Maker of Vases in Chief. Imhotep was one of very few mortals to be depicted as part of a pharaoh's statue. He was one
of only a few commoners ever to be accorded divine status after death. The center of his cult was Memphis. From the First Intermediate Period onward
Imhotep was also revered as a poet and philosopher. His sayings were famously referred to in poems: I have heard the words of Imhotep and Hordedef
with whose discourses men speak so much.
Imhotep was a poet, an architect and physician-priest. He wrote many medical and didactic texts. He is best known, however, as the chief architect of
the step pyramid at Saqqara. It remains today as one of the most brilliant architecture wonders of the ancient world. During the New Kingdom, Imhotep
was deified and became the "Son of Ptah." The Romans Claudius and Tiberius inscribed their praises of Imhotep in the temples in Egypt.
Imhotep (2667 BC - 2648 BC)
Imhotep was chief architect to the Egyptian Pharaoh Djoser (reigned c.2630 - c.2611 BC). He was responsible for the world's first known monumental
stone building, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara and is the first architect we know by name.
A commoner by birth, Imhotep's intelligence and determination enabled him to rise through the ranks to become one of Djoser's most trusted advisors,
as well as the architect of the pharaoh's tomb, the Step Pyramid.
Imhotep's influence lived on well after his death. In the New Kingdom he was venerated as the patron of scribes, personifying wisdom and education.
In the 'Turin Papyri' from this period he is also described as the son of Ptah, chief god of Memphis, in recognition of his role as a wise
During the Late Period his veneration extended to deification and he became a local god at Memphis where he was glorified for his skills as a
physician and a healer. He is said to have extracted medicine from plants and treated diseases such as appendicitis, gout and arthritis. At Memphis he
was served by his own priesthood and he was considered to be an intermediary between men and the gods. It was believed that he could help people solve
difficulties in their daily lives and cure medical problems.
When the Greeks conquered Egypt they recognised in him attributes of their medicine god Asclepius, and continued to build temples to him. His
reputation lasted until the Arab invasion of North Africa in the seventh century AD.