The discussion about the Great Pyramids of Giza in class today really stuck out to me for several reasons. One reason is that the professor mentioned that the construction of the pyramids was considered “public service” or comparable to taxes. I thought that was interesting at first how important people at this time must have thought their leaders were; so important that these monumental structures were made for them just for their final resting place. Working on them must have been so incredibly back breaking and difficult, especially since these structures ended up being the tallest in the world for quite a long period of time. But then the professor mentioned that not all of the pyramids were finished (Menkaure’s in particular) which intrigued me because I thought that the people were trying to show him a sign of respect by building a pyramid for him but then they just stopped. I also thought it was interesting that the looters discovered to have been digging tunnels into the pyramids like Khafre’s, were actually found to be workers of the pyramids. I thought that was interesting because once again I thought these leaders were supposed to be highly respected, which is why they deserved to have these great pyramids. It just seems so paradoxical for them to steal from the tombs if they were supposed to feel this way about their leader. I also thought it was interesting how there were chambers within the pyramids that were called “queens chambers” but they had nothing to do with an actual queen because they were usually buried outside the pyramids. I also thought it was interesting that the reason for the “queen’s chamber” is still unknown to archaeologists. I also thought it was odd at the entrances and would like to know more about why they were always angled down and then up. I’m wondering if it had something to do with the structure of the pyramid itself or if it was meant to confuse looters.