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Gudit: the Myth, Legends, and History of the Woman who Destroyed the Aksumite Empire
November 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
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The Aksumite Empire was a fascinating empire that dominated East Africa for a millennium. Its hegemony came crashing down around the year 960, when a mysterious woman named Gudit destroyed the struggling empire once and for all, ushering in a new era of Ethiopian history. Due to her historical significance, as well as the inconsistent details of her biography, Gudit is an enigma. In this salon, we will discuss the varying biographies of Gudit, and attempt to discern myth from fact.
- Aksum- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Selassie, Sergew. “The Problem of Gudit.” Journal of Ethiopian Studies, 1972.
- Steyn, Raita. Gudit, a Jewish Queen of Aksum? Some Considerations on the Sources and Modern Scholarship, and the Use of Legends. Journal for Semitics, 2019.