Kuwait has agreed to lend $22m towards funding a clean and sustainable water project in Aksum
in northern Ethiopia.
The language, once the official language of the Kingdom of Aksum
, is now used primarily for liturgical purposes.
In fact, the Kingdom of Aksum
, which is located in present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea, was the second nation (after Armenia) to adopt Christianity as the state religion in the fourth century.
Greek traders recorded that Aksum
was the centre of an African empire that had trade links with India, Arabia, Rome, Egypt and Persia as well as Greece.
Foundations of an African civilisation: Aksum
& the northern Horn 1000 BC-AD 1300.
What is certain is that Lalibela was the capital of Ethiopia for a while, as Aksum
had been before, that it had an important political function at a national level, and that at its core, King Lalibela was its moving spirit.
Ancient Ethiopia: Aksum
, Its Antecedents and Successors.
Neglected monuments, such as the giant stealae of Aksum
, the mountain palace at Sigiriya, and the Colossal Buddha of Bamiyan, are set beside the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the magnificent palace of Persepolis.
We would travel in the Embassy Land Rover to such exotic places as Rift Valley, Dire Dawa and Aksum
and on to Eritrea on the Red Sea.
dynasty began its demise in the 12th century, due in part to the spread of Islam and the rise in power of Arab interests.
The ancient Nile River civilizations of Egypt, Nubia and Aksum
are explored in the first, while the second pays closer attention to Mall, Ghana and Songhai.
Interestingly, there is not a trace of evidence that coffee was drunk in the Aksum
empire itself, so even though the plant itself originated in Ethiopia it would appear that drinking coffee was not but, instead, was introduced back into the region from Arabia.