Not only is the Pyramid of Mycerinus
at El Gizah, Egypt, the world's oldest pyramid, it's also the world's largest single block building.
The hieroglyphic inscription between its front legs bears the name of the Egyptian king Mycerinus
, who ruled in the third millennium BCE, more than 4,000 years ago.
And the successor after Mycerinus
, Shepsekaf, failed in all his efforts to build a true pyramid.
Braithwaite relates how Flaubert, in 1850, considers writing the story of Mycerinus
, "the king who fucks his daughter" and of a "woman who wants to be fucked by a god" (129).
Malkowski rejects the traditional ascription of the Sphinx to Mycerinus
(Menkaure) of the Fourth Dynasty; rather, he accepts the views of Robert Schoch that the Sphinx was carved more than 7000 years ago (p.
136 preserve a tradition of a successor of Mycerinus
whose name Sasukhis/Asukhis may be a loose rendering of -[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
The other two major pyramids in the complex were built for Pharaohs Chephren (Khafre) and Mycerinus
There are three main pyramids at Giza - Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus
- all mausoleums to Pharaohs who lived and died as gods.
I explain that the type is a common one in Egyptian art, backing up the statement with the image of Mycerinus
and his queen on the opposite screen.
We had a chance to do some exploring at the pyramid of Mycerinus
, the smallest of the three.
The one of me was in Cairo and shows the three famous pyramids of Cheops, Chepren and Mycerinus
in the background.
Khufu, the Great Pyramid, and Khafre and Mycerinus
, the smallest of the 4th dynasty pyramids, stand today at Giza much as they did thousands of years ago.