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Title:Frustula nagranitica
Author:Marrassini, PaoloISNI
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 1430-1938)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
historical sources
External link:http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aethiopica/article/view/412/414
Abstract:This article examines some miscellaneous problems related to the traditions of the Nine Saints and to the Ethio-Himyaritic war of the 6th century AD. For the first subject, the results achieved by A. Brita (2010) are basically confirmed, and a paragraph against the alleged Syrian/Syriac provenance of these saints is added. As for the second subject, after some onomastic notes stressing the traditional etymology of the second name of the Abyssinian king Kaleb and recalling the existence in the Islamic tradition of two kings Yusuf, the texts which tell of a pagan king of Ethiopia who defeats a Judaizing one from Yemen are identified as speaking of the first of the two Ethio-Himyaritic wars. Finally, the proposal by J. Beaucamp, F. Briquel-Chatonnet and C.J. Robin (1999-2000), according to which the war should be dated at least in 531 because Procopius of Caesarea (Loeb Classical Library ed. 1914), a prominent Byzantine scholar, speaks of a still active (and not yet retired to monasticism) king Kaleb at that epoch, is put in doubt, because it tries to conciliate two different kinds of sources, one historical and the other purely hagiographical. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]