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The Zagwe dynasty

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The Zagwe dynasty ruled Ethiopia from the end of the Kingdom of Axum at an unsure date in the 9th or 10th century to 1270.

It is noted to derive its name from the Agaw people, meaning “Agaw” or literally “of Agaw” (ze meaning “of” in Ge’ez). Its famous king was Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (King Lalibela), who is accountable for the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

David Buxton has affirmed that the area under the direct rule of the Zagwe kings probably embraced:

• the highlands of modern Eritrea 
• the whole of Tigrai
• extending southwards to Waag
• Lasta
• Damot (Wallo province) and 
• westwards towards Lake Tana (Beghemdir)

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