Famous Ethiopian Emperors & Kings

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Haile Selassie
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia (1930 - 1936, 1941 - 1974))
Haile Selassie
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Birthdate: July 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia
Died: August 27, 1975

Haile Selassie, served his country, Ethiopia, as its regent from 1916 to 1930 and as its emperor from 1930 to 1974. He introduced the first Ethiopian constitution, abolished slavery, chaired the Organisation of African Unity, and helped Ethiopia enter the UN. He inspired the Rastafari movement, too.

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Menelik II
(Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913)
Menelik II
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Birthdate: August 17, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Angolalla Tera
Died: December 12, 1913

Menelik II reigned as the emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913 after ruling as the king of Shewa from 1866 to 1889. He is credited with transforming the Ethiopian Empire by expanding his kingdom into Wolayta, Sidama, and Kaffa kingdoms. Fascinated by modernity, Menelik II played a major role in modernizing Ethiopia.

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Tewodros II of Ethiopia
(Emperor of Ethiopia from 1855 to 1868)
Tewodros II of Ethiopia
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Birthdate: 1818 AD
Birthplace: Qwara, Dembiya
Died: April 13, 1868

Tewodros II of Ethiopia reigned as the Emperor of Ethiopia from 11 February 1855 until his demise on 13 April 1868. An important and influential ruler, Tewodros hold an important place in Ethiopian history. Many plays, books, songs, and art works have been influenced by the life of Tewodros II of Ethiopia.

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Yohannes IV
(Emperor of Ethiopia (1871 - 1889))
Yohannes IV
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Birthdate: July 11, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: May Beha, Tembien, Ethiopia
Died: March 10, 1889

Known as one of the most influential emperors of Ethiopia, Yohannes IV spent most of his reign in conflict with invaders from Egypt, Italy, and Sudan. He also had a political agreement with Menilek II, his most significant rival. He died in the Battle of Metema, while invading Sudan.

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Fasilides
(Emperor of Ethiopia (1632 - 1667))
Fasilides
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Birthdate: 1603 AD
Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: October 18, 1667

Fasilides, also known as Alam Sagad, was a 17th-century emperor of Ethiopia who belonged to the Solomonic dynasty. As soon as he came to power, he dismissed Catholic missionaries and relied on Muslim rulers of the coastal regions to terminate all contact with the European powers.

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Sahle Selassie
(Negus of Shewa (1813 - 1847))
Sahle Selassie
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Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: Shewa, Ethiopia
Died: October 22, 1847
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Prince Alemayehu
(Son of Emperor Tewodros II and Empress Tiruwork Wube of Ethiopia)
Prince Alemayehu
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Birthdate: April 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Magdala, Ethiopia
Died: November 14, 1879
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Amda Seyon I
(Emperor of Ethiopia (1314 - 1344))
Amda Seyon I
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Birthdate: 1314 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: 1344 AD
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Abū al-Misk Kāfūr
(Ethiopian Slave Who Rose to Become the Wazir and De Facto Ruler of Egypt (946 -968))
Abū al-Misk Kāfūr
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Birthdate: 0905 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: 0968 AD

Ethiopian slave Abū al-Misk Kāfūr initially worked for Ikshīdid dynasty founder Muḥammad ibn Ṭughj, who later promoted him to a military officer. Kāfūr had successful campaigns in Syria and the Hejaz. He eventually became the wazir of Egypt and reigned as its de facto ruler after Muḥammad’s death.

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Darge Sahle Selassie
(Ethiopian Nobleman and Advisor to Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia)
Darge Sahle Selassie
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Birthdate: 1830 AD
Birthplace: Ethiopia
Died: March 23, 1900

The son of the Sahle Selassie, the king of Shewa, Darge Sahle Selassie was an able general. He later became the governor of Shewa and an advisor to his nephew, Menelik II, or Sahle Maryam, the emperor of Ethiopia. He also often served as a regent in the emperor’s absence.