Hatäz, or Hatäza I, Emperor (perhaps fl. c. 8th century A.D.), was a ruler of the Aksumite Empire whose reign possibly preceded that of Emperor Gersem. His coins were struck in bronze, inscribed in Ge’ez, and carry his effigy and the Cross of Christ; they appear to be of a type slightly different from the coins attributed to Emperor Hatäz II.
Richard K. P. Pankhurst
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This article is reproduced, with permission, from The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, Vol. 1 ‘From Early Times to the End of the Zagwé Dynasty c. 1270 A.D.,’ copyright © 1975, edited by Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and Richard Pankhurst, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All rights reserved.