The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Lecture - The Armenians of Ethiopia

Rubina Sevadjian

Tuesday 12th March 2019

7:00pm, Room B202, Brunei Building, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG - Public lecture (all welcome)


Rubina Sevadjian will give an outline of the history of the once-vibrant Armenian Community of Ethiopia, who, having had a presence in that country for more than a century, dispersed after the Revolution of 1974. The Armenians of Ethiopia were influential in the modernising of the country after the defeat of the Italians at the Battle of Adwa and the unification of the country under Emperor Menelik II. They continued to thrive under Emperor Haile Selassie I. The talk will comprise an overview of their history as well as brief biographies of some of the characters and families of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

B A Sevadjian was the jeweller and silversmith 'By Appointment' to Emperor Haile Selassie I. As court appointee he produced orders and medals, and made some of the most important commemorative medals and state gifts for the Emperor.


Capacity at the venue is limited, so please reserve your place soon to avoid disappointment.

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