Talk:Yekuno Amlak

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This may be useful.[1] Whig 09:34, 23 May 2005 (UTC)

I'm changing "restorer of" in the first sentance to "founder of." This brings the article better in line with the article on the Solomonic Dynasty and is rather misleading since the idea of Solomonic descent was possibly not a conventional one until the writing of the Kebra Negast which became widely dissemenated after Yekuno Amlak's reign. The claim, though it could potentialy have existed among previous kings, was used by the Solomonic kings to justify their overthrow of the Zagwe kings and their inherent right to rule. Furthermore, the origins of Aksumite kingship and its mode of descent is still debated by archaeologists and there is as yet little proof that direct lineal descent from the earliest periods of Aksum actualy existed or not. Sidesneck 03:25, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

I have reversed the change made by another user. I have replaced founder by restorer. Yekuno Amlak didn't found any dynasty but rather claimed to be a member of one that already exited. As already mentioned in the references I cited, it is probably dubious that his claim was true. But a large number of people at the time believed it to be true enough and supported his rise to power so it had already been a convention before the Kebra Negast was written. Whether the Solomoinc kings used this claim to overthrow the Zagwe rulers is not a valid reason to change wording the article as suggested by the other user. It isn't professional to pass of our assumptions as real facts. There is a major difference between the meaning of the words "Restore" and "Found". "Found" can only be used to describe something that never existed before the time in discussion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 197.156.102.4 (talk) 19:39, 18 January 2015 (UTC)