I enjoyed learning about the Pyramid Age during the Old Kingdom. What I found most interesting is how much the ancient Egyptian culture is surrounded around the ruling dynasties. Over time, as funerary complexity increased, the ultimate projects of building monumental pyramids had to come next. Everything in a city would revolve around this cult, as Professor Watrall described it in the lecture. The Pharaoh and his family had the privilege to be interred into a pyramid that required a labor party of 10,000 people to construct. It is most interesting that as soon as someone was appointed new Pharaoh during the Old Kingdom, it was necessary to start planning the build of a grand tomb. With such a high amount of resources and power, the construction and time put into building the pyramids was counterproductive for people as a whole, during the Old Kingdom. With a city at the Pharaoh’s whim, it had to do whatever was necessary to keep the king happy in his afterlife. The Pyramid of Sneferu was commissioned to be built when a new Pharaoh came into power and didn’t like the one that he claimed. In some of the tombs, hundreds of people consisting of the Pharaoh’s servants, body guards, and wives were sacrificed and were placed in the corridors of kings’ tombs. Even thousands of cattle were slaughtered for sacrifice for the cause of a good afterlife. Life during this time must have not been all too great if every one’s mind was focused on the afterlife during his/her time on Earth. I haven’t come across this information yet and I will inquire further, but I wonder if there have been Pharaohs that are killed right after the tomb/pyramid was built, so that they can make a quicker journey into his afterlife.