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Emperor Zar'a Ya'eqob (1434-68) and the Christianization of Medieval Ethiopia

Emperor Zar'a Ya'eqob (1434-68) and the Christianization of Medieval Ethiopia
1265 Military Trail Scarborough, UTSC H214
Time: Nov 11th, 1:00 pm End: Nov 11th, 3:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), African, 1200-1500
Lecture by Steven Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Centre for Medieval Studies, Department of History, and Department of Historical and Cultural Studies are pleased to present:

Professor Steven Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Emperor Zar'a Ya'equob (1434-68) and the Christianization of Medieval Ethiopia

Although Ethiopia was officially a Christian nation from the 4th century onward, no ruler appears to have taken as active a role in Church life as the 15th century ruler Zar'a Ya'eqob. While he is often best remembered for theological works that he allegedly wrote, his efforts to embed Christianity in the daily lives of his subjects are no less noteworthy. This lecture will focus on his activities in the areas of calendric reform, visual culture, and bodily practice.

Frequent TTC service to the Scarborough campus is available on the TTC Rocket 198 from Kennedy Station.

Professor Kaplan will present a second lecture titled Magic and Spirits in the Medieval Ethiopian Court on 12 November at 2:10 pm in the Centre for Medieval Studies, room 310.  See the flyer below for details.  Click on the image to download the flyer as a pdf file.

Kaplan posters


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