Even today, the Great Pyramids of Egypt are awe-inspiring and majestic. It wouldn’t be easy for many countries to build them now using modern technology. So it boggles the mind that these pyramids were completed in 2560 BCE. It is one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, and it’s the only one left standing.
You can imagine how other people who first beheld the pyramids felt when they saw these huge monuments for the first time. The Great Pyramid (the biggest of the 3) is especially massive, yet the proportions are nearly perfect. It comes as no surprise that myths have arisen among many people to explain its existence. Even today, supposedly modern people believe certain myths about how these structures were built.
Let’s take a look at some of these myths:
1. Slaves built the pyramids. Or more specifically, they were built by enslaved Israelites. Many people believe this, as they’ve seen the movies. Those movies, on the other hand, were based on the accounts of Herodotus. But then the “Father of History” saw the pyramids about 2 thousand years after it was completed, and so accounts may have been distorted.
However, modern archeologists believe that the builders were actually highly regarded craftsmen of the time. Their remains were found next to the pyramids, and being buried to the divine Pharaohs was an honor that wasn’t granted to slaves. Also, the large numbers of cattle bones found at Giza was evidence that their staple food was beef, and at the time that was a delicacy in Ancient Egypt.
2. The pyramids were ancient granaries. This was the belief in medieval Europe. In fact, it was called Joseph’s granaries as far back as 500 AD. Read more “The Myths about How the Great Pyramids of Egypt Was Created”