This is a 21 slide, highly animated power point presentation on Kingdoms of Medieval Africa – The Kingdom of Askum. Each of the slides are editable, so you can modify those to meet your individual needs.
The Kingdom of Aksum (later Ethiopia) was an ancient African trading empire centered in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia. It existed from approximately 100 AD–940 AD, growing to achieve prominence by the 1st century AD. The Empire of Aksum at its height extended across most of present day Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Askum, the capitol city, developed as a local power. At its height during the 3rd–6th century CE, Aksum became the greatest market of northeastern Africa; its merchants traded as far as Alexandria and beyond the Nile River. During the 4th century the kings of Aksum were Christians —thus becoming both politically and religiously linked to Byzantine Egypt. As a civilization it had a profound impact upon the people of Egypt, southern Arabia, Europe and Asia. The Aksumites developed Africa’s only indigenous written script, Ge’ez.
The Kingdom of Askum was one of the 4 greatest powers in the world at the time. Despite its power and reputation, but very little is known about Aksum. Its civilization was considered as advanced as the Western European societies of the time. By late 3rd century, Aksum had begun minting its own currency and was named as one of the 4 great powers of this time along with Persia, Rome and China.
The Kingdom of Askum served as a link between the trading systems of the Mediterranean and the Asiatic world and shows the extent of international commerce at that time. It holds the fascination of being a "lost" civilization, yet one that was African, Christian, with its own script and coinage, and with an international reputation.
The Aksumite Kingdom adopted Christianity as its state religion in 325 or 328 AD under King Ezana and was the first state ever to use the image of the cross on its coins. Although Christianity had a profound effect upon Aksum, Judaism also had a substantial impact on the kingdom and their religion shares a common ancestry with modern Judaism.
The empire began to decline in the early 7th century. War, over-expenditure in money and manpower, climate change and the influence of Islam, pushed Aksum into economic isolation, nonetheless Aksum remained Christian.
It has also been claimed that Aksum is the home of the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, in which lies the "Tablets of Law" upon which the Ten Commandments are inscribed. Menelik, the son of Solomon and Sheba, is believed to have taken the Ark of the Covenant on a visit to Jerusalem to see his father. It is supposed to reside still in the Church of St Mary in Aksum, though no-one is allowed to set eyes on it.
The presentation slides cover the following:
The Kingdom of Askum (Ethiopia)
Askum: 6th-9th Century
Impact of Askum’s Kingdom
One of Four Great Powers
A “Lost” Civilization
Beginning of the End?
Rise of Islam
Decline of the Kingdom
Change & Isolation
King Solomon & Queen Sheba
Keepers of the Ark
End of Presentation
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