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(Egyptian mr, Greek πυραμίς/pyramís, Lat. pyramis). Monumental funerary structure, originally of the Egyptian kings, on a square layout, with, in the ideal case, planar triangular sides. The term in archaeology for the apex of the pyramid, formed from a single block of stone and often especially decorated, is pyramidion (Egyptian bnbn.t).

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I. Origin and interpretation

The two oldest phases of the first pyramid, the step-…

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Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin), “Pyramid”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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