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The Goggam Chronicle

January 29, 2014

The British Academy is holding a reception to celebrate the publication of The Goggam Chronicle edited and translated by Girma Getahun.

Monday 19 February 2014, 6 - 7.30pm

At The British Academy



The Goggam Chronicle is a detailed regional history of Ethiopia by the chronicler, Alaqa Takala Iyasus, who enjoyed the artistic flavour and friendship of King Takla Haymanot. Of particular importance are the collection of poems inspired by dirge, martial boast and religious devotion. As such the Chronicle was and still is a goldmine for scholars of history, students of Amharic language and early Amharic literature, and for those interested in the study of genealogy, church painting, migration and settlement.

The Chronicle was previously known only to a handful of scholars. This new translation is based on careful study of all the manuscripts to produce an authoritative and coherent text. It is the latest volume in the Fontes Historiae Africanae (Sources of African History) series published by the British Academy. Girma Getahun is an independent scholar and expert on Ethiopia.