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Take a deep dive deep into African history with this in-depth podcast. From Casablanca to Cape Town, tune in to this podcast to learn about the magnificent and oft-forgotten history of Africa. To access more free resources about African history, provide feedback, or support the show, check out our associated website at https://historyofafricapodcast.blogspot.com

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Take a deep dive deep into African history with this in-depth podcast. From Casablanca to Cape Town, tune in to this podcast to learn about the magnificent and oft-forgotten history of Africa. To access more free resources about African history, provide feedback, or support the show, check out our associated website at https://historyofafricapodcast.blogspot.com

    Episode 22 - The Year of the Elephant and the First Plague

    Episode 22 - The Year of the Elephant and the First Plague

    In the 530s AD, a mysterious disease swept across the Aksumite territories of Ethiopia and Yemen. The black plague, with mysterious origins somewhere in the interior of East Africa, would soon spread on the ships of Aksumite merchants across the world....

    • 26 min
    Episode 21: The Aksumite Civil War

    Episode 21: The Aksumite Civil War

    The Aksumite invasion of Yemen was a success! The Himyarite king had killed himself, and the entirety of the Himyarite kingdom was under Aksumite control. Now what?Two Aksumite generals: the prince-general Ariat and the slave-turned-general Abraha,...

    • 23 min
    Episode 20 - Saint Kaleb, the Conqueror

    Episode 20 - Saint Kaleb, the Conqueror

    Kaleb was never meant to be king. For his entire life, he wanted to live a scholarly and humble life as a monk. However, when his father died at a young age, he was forced onto the throne with only his trusted slave-turned-advisor, Abraha, to help him....

    • 22 min
    Episode 19 - Aksum's Zealot King and the Nine Saints

    Episode 19 - Aksum's Zealot King and the Nine Saints

    After Saizana's death, a mysterious man named Mahedyas takes the throne of Aksum. He begins a crusade to rid Aksum of the holdovers from its polytheistic past, and consolidates the church under his direct control. Later, a group of refugee priests land...

    • 25 min
    Episode 18: Ezana's Conquest of Nubia

    Episode 18: Ezana's Conquest of Nubia

    The Ancient Nubian kingdom of Meroe had existed before Aksum's foundation as a city, and was the preeminent power in East Africa for most of its existence. But, by the year 360, the tables had turned. Nubia was a kingdom in decline, while Aksum was the...

    • 24 min
    Episode 17 - The Great King Ezana

    Episode 17 - The Great King Ezana

    King Ezana of Aksum is widely regarded among scholars of Aksumite history as the greatest ruler in the empire's history. He transformed the empire religiously, politically, and economically in a way that is unmatched by other Aksumite rulers. In this...

    • 24 min

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