What can be known about the architecture of a long-dead culture? What partcan history and epistemology play in a theory of people and their physicalenvironment? To give the question more point, what is the point of the pyr-amids of ancient Egypt? What are we to make in particular of the first pyr-amid, the stepped pyramid of King Djoser, whose apical 'point' is 'missing'or 'absent' in the masonry itself?The question of the point of architecture is critically revisited upon the fu-nerary architecture of the second King of the Third Dynasty. Following Ri-couer's reading of the Aristotelean Poetics, a distinction is drawn betweenthe muthos and the mimesis of poetic language. Muthos is the plot, the pointof a poem, and mimesis is its structure or the metaphorical embellishmentor composition of that point. In a poem or a saga the muthos usually outlivesmimesis. Whe know the story of Homer's Odyssey, but the way that a blindpoet may once have told the story is lost in translation from an ancient lan-guage and a culture that is no more. Mimesis of a poem has to be recon-structed with each re-telling of it.In architecture the reverse of this situation is usually true. The mimeticstructure of architectural masonry outlives our knowledge of its function.The singular point or purpose of the architecture may be lost, but its mi-metic force may survive for thousands of years. The physical and spatiallanguage of architecture is different in this respect from the narrative lan-guage of poetry. Various narratives, traditional, modern and post-modern, have of courseraised the question of the point of the ancient pyramids many times before.They are contradicted however by the actual spatial analysis of the mimeticstructure of the architecture itself, as it has been revealed in the carefulreconstruction of the work that has been going on for many years under thedirection of C.M. Firth, J.E. Quibell and J-P. Lauer. If we still cannot know 'the point' of the ancient work, yet a multiplicity of interesting stories arere-discovered in the embellished stone-work: the story of the life and deathof a God-King; the ascent of a new Sun-God into the sky; and the story of theorigins themselves of writing and architecture.