IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 734: Medieval Ethiopia, III: History, Archeology, and the Mythical Prester John

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Verena Krebs, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator/Chair:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Paper 734-aHistorical and Legendary Sources at the Origins of the Ethiopian Prester John
(Language: English)
Marco Giardini, Independent Scholar, Ferrara
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 734-bComparing Fra Mauro's Depiction of Medieval Ethiopia to Sites Discovered via Satellite Archaeology in Modern Shoa, Ethiopia
(Language: English)
Marco Viganò, Center for Environmental & Developmental Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 734-cDefining Ethiopia, Nubia, and India in Medieval Europe: How Confusing Is It?
(Language: English)
Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval

The four sessions will bring together papers on medieval Ethiopia, Egypt, and beyond; special attention is given to the interaction between these regions and the Mediterranean, including artistic exchange, trade, and historiography. The first session highlights the religious plurality in medieval Ethiopia; the second one on artistic exchange and historiography. The mythical Prester John and other aspects of the Western image of Ethiopia will be explored in the third session. Finally, the fourth session will bring together paper focussing on the Red sea region as connecting the Mediterranean to Eastern Africa.