reply to post by SLAYER69
You raise good questions....and I have one or two myself.
As you pointed out.....this was one busy pharaoh.
First, it's speculated that the pyramid at Meidum, was started by him. and suffered a catastrophic collapse, which is why it was never finished.
So then we have the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, also given to of belonging to Snerferu. That the reason it's slope was changed from 54 degrees to 43
degrees (giving it the "bent" appearance), was due to the catastrophic collapse of they pyramid of Meidum.
Okay, screech to a halt here.
The above means: Snerferu was building two pyramids at the same time then.
Last I looked, this is suppose to be his tomb. Why would he need two? These are not kiddy projects either. The Meidum pyramid had a base of 144
meters, and the Bent pyramid a base of 188 meters.
Those are big and time consuming to build.
Now I guess it could have been that the Bent pyramid is actually started AFTER the collapse of the Meidum pyramid, and it may have been thought that
simply giving it a larger base would prevent another collapse, until somewhere down the road, someone figured out that the slope was too steep, and
another collapse would be likely.
Okay.....so along comes the Red Pyramid with that gentler slope of 43 degrees........
Wait......hang on. If they figured it out....then why even bother finishing the Bent pyramid?
Okay, I mean it could have been that Snerferu told them to go ahead and finish it, then took one look and decided: Nope. No way am I going to be
buried in that thing!
Or maybe it had something to do with the money and construction: it's already paid for, so we're going to finish it.
Or maybe it was: let us finish it at this slope, and if it holds, we know we have a good angle for the slopes (I'm leaning towards this one).
So.....now he has the Red pyramid built. It was huge. The tallest building of it's day, with a base at 220 meters!
Yet for some reason.....that wasn't good enough. Instead, he has an even bigger pyramid built. The Great Pyramid of Giza, standing 40 meters taller
than the Red Pyramid, with a base of 230 meters, and a slope around 49 degrees.
okay....my first thought is: talk about wasteful government spending!!!
But seriously....that is a LOT of man power and resources alone....to build 4 pyramids (and now they want to add another? yes much smaller, but
still), just to get to the one that he thought was "Just Right".