Times & Places


Abyssinia is a historical regional name used to describe the Ethiopian Empire, located in eastern Africa, from the 11th century forward. It was used by outsiders to refer to the territories occupied by Christian peoples in present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea. Today, the term is used infrequently and largely confined to specialized contexts (such as descriptions of artistic style.)

Drawn from

  • Getty Vocabulary, TGN (Abyssinia (general region), TGN: 7032930).

  • D. Anthony Low and Harold G. Marcus, "Eastern Africa" in Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 2015.

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