Theme 1: Africa

Chapter 4: Ancient Aksum [Axum]: Civilization, Christianity, and Impact


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Another important early civilization in Africa was the Ancient Aksumite civilization, or simply, Ancient Aksum, sometimes spelt as “Axum.” How and when did the civilization emerge? How was it organized? What were the major aspects of its social, economic, and political organization? Even more importantly, is the history of Christianity in Ancient Aksum, specifically, and Africa, as a whole. How did Christianity spread and develop into Aksum? What is the legacy of Aksum as a Christian nation? Finally, what are the connections between Aksum and modern Ethiopia? Students should examine these questions in this module.

The materials on this module include:

i) Readings:

ii) Videos:


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HIS 103: Ancient World History to 1300 C.E. by Meshack Owino, Shelley Rose, and Kelly Wrenhaven is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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