New Evidence of King MḤDYS?

Authors

  • Gianfranco Agosti Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Alessandro Bausi Universität Hamburg

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15460/aethiopica.23.0.1649

Keywords:

Nonnus, epic poem, Dionysiaca, Blemmyes, Aksumite Kingdom, Modaios, Indians/Ethiopians, Greek

Abstract

The role assigned by the late antique poet Nonnus of Panopolis (mid-fifth century CE) to Modaios, king of the ‘Indians’, in a few passages of his huge poem Dionysiaca, suggests that the choice of the character may be attributable to a connection between the Greek name of the king (Μωδαῖος) and the somewhat enigmatic MḤDYS, a mid-fifth-century king of Aksum, known only from numismatic evidence. The hypothesis opens the way to further reflection on the role allusions to contemporary events play in Nonnus’s poem as an evidence of a precise awareness about Aksum in Late Antique Egypt.

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2021-04-20

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Agosti, G. and Bausi, A. 2020. New Evidence of King MḤDYS? Aethiopica 23 (2020) 201–212. DOI:https://doi.org/10.15460/aethiopica.23.0.1649.