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        How the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids Were Built

        Explore how and why the pyramids were built in ancient Egypt and analyze the architectural breakthroughs necessary to build ever-larger pyramids and the religious purpose for building them in these two video segments from NOVA: This Old Pyramid. Pyramids were more than monuments for the people who built them; they were doorways to the afterlife for the pharaoh.

        Building the Pyramids

        This video adapted from NOVA: “This Old Pyramid” shows how Imhotep, the royal architect of the Pharaoh Djoser, built the first step pyramid in about 2700 BCE. It then follows the development of the pyramids under the reign of the Pharaoh Sneferu, leading up to the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

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        What Were the Pyramids For?

        This video adapted from NOVA: “This Old Pyramid” reveals that the ancient Egyptians believed that when a pharaoh died, he became a god who could ensure that all of his people would reach the afterlife.

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