Sembrouthes

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Sembrouthes
Kingdom of Aksum
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Preceded by
uncertain
King of Aksum Succeeded by
uncertain

Sembrouthes was a King of the Kingdom of Aksum. He is known only from a single inscription in Ancient Greek that was found at Dekemhare (Deqqi Mehari) in modern-day Eritrea, which is dated to his 24th regnal year.

S. C. Munro-Hay places his reign in a gap between `DBH and DTWNS, or c.250.[1] However, W.R.O. Hahn, in a study published in 1983, assigns Sembrouthes to the 4th century, between Aphilas and Ezana. He also identifies him with Ousanas or the legendary Ella Amida.[2]

Munro-Hay also suggests that Sembrouthes may have been the ruler who erected the anonymous Monumentum Adulitanum. The latter is an inscription at Adulis that Cosmas Indicopleustes made a copy of for king Kaleb of Axum.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ S. C. Munro-Hay, Aksum: An African Civilization of Late Antiquity (Edinburgh: University Press, 1991), p. 73
  2. ^ As cited in Munro-Hay, Excavations at Axum (London: British Institute in Eastern Africa, 1989), p. 22
  3. ^ Munro-Hay, Aksum, p. 80
Regnal titles
Preceded by
`DBH
(uncertain)
King of Axum Succeeded by
DTWNS
(uncertain)