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Djosser’s Step Pyramid Near Saqqara]]
The pyramids of Egypt are among the most recognizable and enduring monuments of the ancient world. Long after they were built, other ancient peoples, such as the Greeks and Romans, wrote about them with as much awe as people do today. The Greeks included the Giza Pyramids among the Seven Wonders of the World, which brought an appreciation of the structures to people who would not otherwise see them. The Greco-Roman admiration of the pyramids was transferred to medieval and early modern Europe, where early attempts to uncover the mysteries of the pyramids were made. Influenced by the Bible, Europeans of these periods believed that the pyramids were the famed granaries of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Around the same time, Arab and Persian writers postulated that the pyramids of Egypt were actually vessels of esoteric knowledge of a previous age. Although these early writers erred in their judgement of the pyramids’ functions, they were correct to assume that they were important structures.