2016 - 2017

  Ethiopia and Its Images: From the Queen of Sheba to Haile Selassie                                   
Ran HacohenGilman-humanities305Tue1400-1600 Sem  2
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

Existing continuously since the Ancient world, Ethiopia is among the oldest political entities. In the Classical world it was metonymic for Africa as a whole. In the Middle Ages it was the subject of legends about a mighty Christian empire within the Muslim world. In the 20th century, together with its emperor Haile Selassie, it stood as a symbol for a proud, independent Africa. Through its own literature and foreign literature about it, the seminary will focus on Ethiopia and its changing images within and without, since ancient times to the present: Ethiopia in the Bible, the Queen of Sheba, Ethiopia of Prester John and of Eldad ha-Dani, James Bruce's Ethiopia, Haile Selassie's etc.

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