Crucible of Christian Cultures: Ethiopian and European Scholars in Reformation Rome


ACLS Fellowship Program




This study focuses on a small group of Ethiopian Orthodox and European individuals in Rome who collaborated to disseminate knowledge about the Ethiopian language and Christian tradition for scholarly, political, and religious purposes. Based on Gǝ‘ǝz (Ethiopic) manuscripts and printed works as well as European documents, it frames these collaborations within the uneasy alliances and antagonisms among different Christian confessions—Catholic, Protestant, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Coptic—in the age of reformation, tracing the motives for and effects of the collaborators’ activity for both Europeans and Ethiopians.