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Reign 10th century
Predecessor Mara Takla Haymanot
Successor Jan Seyum
Dynasty Zagwe dynasty
Father Mara Takla Haymanot

Tatadim was a King (negus) of Ethiopia, and a member of the Zagwe dynasty.


Tatadim's name appears in second place in the long lists of the Zagwe kings.[1] Taddesse Tamrat states that he was the oldest known son of Mara Takla Haymanot.[2]

According to the Gadla Yemrehana Krestos, Tatadim made efforts to secure the succession of kingship for his sons, taking actions against his brothers Jan Seyum and Germa Seyum. The Agaw law of inheritance dictated that his brothers should be his successors, a problem that plagued the Zagwe kings.[3]


  1. ^ G.W.B. Huntingford, "'The Wealth of Kings' and the End of the Zāguē Dynasty", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 28 (1965), p. 10
  2. ^ Taddesse Tamrat, Church and State in Ethiopia, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 56n.
  3. ^ Taddesse Tamrat, p. 61.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mara Takla Haymanot
Emperor of Ethiopia Succeeded by
Jan Seyum