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Aksum and NubiaWarfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions in Ancient Northeast Africa$
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George Hatke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760666

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760666.001.0001

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After Kush

After Kush

Aksum and Nubia in the Sixth Century CE

(p.149) 5. After Kush
Aksum and Nubia

George Hatke

NYU Press

This chapter examines the political fiction of Aksum's rule of Kush that persisted into the sixth century. It first considers the extent and nature of Aksumite relations with Nubia during the reign of Kālēb and goes on to analyze texts in light of Aksumite relations with regions to the west of Ethiopia. It also discusses the evidence, preserved in Syriac by John of Ephesus and supported in part by limited archaeological evidence, for sporadic Aksumite contact with post-Kushite Nubia. It argues that Aksum did not exercise any political control in Nubia during the sixth century, much less later.

Keywords:   political fiction, Aksum, Kush, Nubia, Kālēb, Ethiopia, John of Ephesus

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