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Ethiopia, the unknown land : a cultural and historical guide
Munro-Hay, S. C. (Stuart C.), 1947-2004.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, [2002]

Physical Description:
x, 390 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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DT381 .M86 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A result of a lifetime's study of the mysterious country, this book is the first truly comprehensive work on the monuments and art of Ethiopia, as well as a literary companion to its land and history. Stuart Munro-Hay provides a valuable guide to the country's architecture, geography, peoples, art, and history which covers all the major sites of the land from ancient times to the present.

Author Notes

Stuart Munro-Hay is among the foremost Western authorities on Ethiopian history and culture. He has participated in archaeological expeditions there and made frequent research visits to different areas of the country. This guide is the result of a lifetime's study of this still mysterious country.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Munro-Hay (Aksum: An African Civilization of Late Antiquity; Ethiopia and Alexandria) is a leading Western authority on Ethiopian history and culture. In his latest book, he fills an existing void by providing a much-needed comprehensive guide to the history, culture, and art of that ancient and mythical African nation. Regions, historic sites, monuments, and various religious and cultural treasures are introduced with background histories that clarify their place and reinforce their significance in Ethiopian history and life. Such information, a wealthy resource for any historian, may also be used by travelers to the region. The balance between popular and academic is masterfully achieved through a personable style that does not sacrifice the required rigors of historical research even as it remains entertaining throughout. An exciting and informative reading for larger public library audiences, this book also musters enough intellectual authority and historical detail to earn it a place on the shelves of any academic library as well. Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This lively and well-written book on the historical sites of Ethiopia gives a descriptive account of the country's major sites in a historical and cultural context. Sites include 16th-century castles in Gondar, ancient steles and churches of Aksum, and medieval rock-hewn churches in Lalibela. A historical commentary based on contemporary Ethiopian and foreign sources precedes a detailed description of the structures. Accompanying the text are 35 beautiful color photographs and 22 illustrations of the sites and their environs. The appendix contains a list of the rulers of Ethiopia, a chronology of important events, a selected bibliography, and an adequate index. Recommended both for experts, amateurs, and adventurous tourists interested in a unique experience. T. Natsoulas University of Toledo

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Forewordp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. 1
Part I The Land, the Church and the Travellersp. 13
1 An Outline Survey of Ethiopian Historyp. 15
2 The Ethiopian Churchp. 40
3 Foreign Travellers in Ethiopiap. 60
Part II The Historical Sites of Ethiopiap. 67
4 Gondarp. 69
5 Gondar Churches, Qwesqwam and Islambetp. 142
6 Sites near Lake Tanap. 165
7 Hararp. 177
8 Lalibelap. 187
9 The Church of Yimrehana Krestosp. 225
10 Aksump. 231
11 Churches of Aksump. 302
12 Debra Damop. 336
13 Rock Churches in the Wuqro Regionp. 345
14 Yehap. 350
Chronological Tablep. 361
Select Bibliographyp. 368
Indexp. 374