Imhotep (ca. 2650-2600 BC)Imhotep (ca. 2650-2600 BC) - Perhaps the most famous non-pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history, Imhotep was Djoser's trusted adviser and bearer of many titles. He was considered chancellor of the king, physician, priest, scribe, sage, poet, carpenter, sculptor and architect. It was he who designed and built Djoser's Step Pyramid, and probably conceived of the idea in the first place. So highly regarded was he that he earned a place on the pharaoh's statue and bestowed a divine status after death; an honor reserved almost exclusively for kings. In the centuries that followed, he was revered by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.