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King Ezana's Inscription, Axum

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Dating from the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, King Ezana's Inscription stands as a stone monument on which King Ezana recorded his military victories in Ge'ez, Sabaean, and Greek. Between 330 CE and 356 CE, the Aksumite king fought the Nubians and praised the God of War for his successes. This monument was not discovered until 1988, when three farmers stumbled upon it. Although the inscriptions are in three different languages, translation still has not been provided for tourists, so take a tour guide who can translate for you if you are interested. Also, expect to pay the farmer at the hut containing the monument a small tip. Add King Ezana's Inscription to your Axum travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Axum day trip tool.
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  • The site contains a very well preserved large stone tablet in three ancient scripts detailing the battle victory of a 4th century Axumite King. It is well worth a short visit on a general tour of...  more »
  • As part of the tour through Aksum, this tablet holds a special historical meaning. It is proof that the ancient people here spoke three languages: Greek, Ge’ez, and Saabean.  more »

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