At least as early as Henry Salt, some scholars, including Sergew Hable Sellassie and Y. M. Kobishchanov, have identified him with Za Haqala, who is listed in the King Lists of Ethiopia as having ruled for 13 years, and who ruled between Za Zalis and Za Dembalé. G.W.B. Huntingford points out, on the other hand, that there is not enough information to be certain of this identification. He argues instead that Zoskales was a petty king whose power was limited to only Adulis. Zoskales is believed to have been the first king of Askum. He is most renown for the territories he conquered for Askum. These territories included people along the Red Sea, the Blue Nile, and south western Arabia (Modern day Yemen).