"The modern imagination, enamored of 'the silence of the pyramids,' is apt to create a false picture of these monuments. They were not erected as isolated structures in the middle of the desert, but were part of vast funerary districts, with temples and other buildings that were the scene of great religious celebrations during the pharoah's lifetime as well as after. The most elaborate of these is the funerary district around the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Enough of its architecture has survived to make us understand why its creator, Imhotep, came to be deified in later Egyptian tradition. He is the first artist whose name has been recorded in history, and deservedly so, since his acheivement is standing still today." (History of Art. H.W.Janson)
cant tell you too much more about ol' king Zoser except that he reigned from c2780 to 2720 BC. In the scheme of things. There were already large civlizations in Sumeria, palestine and other mediteranean areas at this time. This period also say the beginning of astromony as a science, a set calendar in egypt of 365 days (started in 2772 under King Zoser). The Sumerians had invented an alphabet apart from the more common 'pictographic' style of heiroglyphics. Also this period has the first reports of domesticated dogs in Egypt (!!!).
so there you have it. not exactly a masterpiece of research, but I thought some of this stuff might shed some light or at least some interesting background to the ol' P=A experience.
yers truely joe burns
You may like to go off on a tangent about Egyptology (pyramids, mummies and people with arms in strange positions etc.)