[Our Fake History] Episode #97- Who Built the Pyramids? (Part I)

Episode #97- Who Built the Pyramids? (Part I)

23/10/2019 by Sebastian Major

Web player: https://podplayer.net/?id=84730434
Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/ourfakehistory/Episode_97-_Who_Built_The_Pyramids_Part_I.mp3?dest-id=367678

The Egyptian pyramids are easily the most mythologized pieces of architecture on the planet. They have inspired historical myths and misconceptions essentially as long as “history” has been a literary genre. The so-called “father of history” Herodotus was one of the first writers to try and explain the construction of the Pyramids. But should we really trust a guy who has been called the “father of lies”. Tune in and find out how my weird dating system, ancient machines, and Egyptian bathroom habits all play a role in the story.

Listen Date: 2020-01-25 to 2020-01-26


  • Eh. Too much context setting, too little meat.
  • The main takeways: Herodotus was surprisingly accurate about some things like how the stones for the Great Pyramid were quarried and shipped downriver; and possibly even about how long it took to build it, but also totally inaccurate because he gave in to the most prurient stories his tour guides told him, like Cheops selling his daughter into prostitution, and the daughter in turn getting her own pyramid built by taking one stone from every john. Dei dei dei.
  • Herodotus was also so taken aback by the relatively free status of women in Egypt compared to Greece that he exaggerated it into ‘The men there pee squatting and the women pee standing up.’ Also he was shocked that they pooed indoors and ate outdoors. Egypt was winning at being ODF back then itself.
  • Herodotus talked about machines being used to build the pyramids – these were probably not cranes, but just wedges and levers used to raise stones a little at a time, one side at a time. From the episode page on the website, here’s a video that reconstructs it.

I’m waiting for the future episodes in the series to get more interesting.

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