c. late 6th to early 7th century
'Ellä-Gäbäz, Emperor (perhaps fl. c. late 6th and early 7th century A.D.), was a ruler of the Aksumite Empire of Ethiopia. He minted gold currency which was inscribed in Greek and bore the Cross of Christ as well as the Emperor's effigy. His name seems to lie behind the patronymic of al-Asham ibn Abjar (? Emperor 'Ellä-Säham), najaši of Ethiopia at the time of the Prophet Muhammad. When 'Abd Šams made his treaty with the najaši, the latter's name was given as al-Akbar, which might be emended to al-Akbar, 'Ellä-Gäbäz. According to Tabarï, he may have been the grandfather of Emperor Armah. Some King Lists give two Emperors named 'Ellä-Gäbäz, but at a somewhat earlier date.
A. K. Irvine
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