|The Pyramid Amenemhat I at the El-Lisht
photography by Zbigniew Kosc
|Zbigniew Kosc, The Pyramid Amenemhat I at the El-Lisht, 1998|
|From the beginning the Egyptians had been obsessed with the afterlife. The Pharaonic edifices which survive were nearly all concerned with death. The pyramids, far from being works of self-glory like the statues of Ramses II, were the chief statement of this obsession. The thousands who had laboured to build them believed that in creating ladders to heaven for their god-kings, they were preparing ladder for themselves. They were present in their king as the congregation of a Catholic church are present in their priest.
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