Foundations of an African Civilisation: Aksum and the northern Horn, 1000 BC - AD 1300

Foundations of an African Civilisation: Aksum and the northern Horn, 1000 BC - AD 1300

by David W. Phillipson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847010889
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 04/17/2014
Series: Eastern Africa Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

1 General introduction 1

Part 1 Before Aksum

2 The northern Horn 3000 years ago 9

3 The first millennium BC 19

Part 2 The Kingdom of Aksum

4 Aksumite civilisation: an introductory summary 47

5 Aksumite languages and literacy 51

6 Some written sources related to Aksumite civilisation 57

7 The emergence and expansion of the Aksumite state 69

8 Aksumite kingship and politics 79

9 Aksumite religion 91

10 Cultivation and herding, food and drink 107

11 Urbanism, architecture and non-funerary monuments 119

12 Aksumite burials 139

13 Aksumite technology and material culture 159

14 Aksumite coinage 181

15 Foreign contacts of the Aksumite state 195

16 Decline and transformation of the Aksumite state 209

Part 3 After Aksum

17 The Zagwe dynasty 227

18 Epilogue: The future of the past in the northern Horn 245

Bibliographic references 249

Index 283

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