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Yohannes / Johannes

Ancient Christian Church

Yohannes or Johannes, Bishop, was almoner of the Church of St. John in Alexandria. According to the story of Emperor Aidog, when the Emperor of Ethiopia defeated the ruler of Himyar, he requested a bishop for his country, and the lot fell to Yohannes, then, in c. 525 A.D., a man of sixty-two years. It seems likely, however, that he was in fact sent to Himyar.

A. K. Irvine


John of Ephesus, apud Chronicon Pseudo-Dionysianum, Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, Scriptores syri, series tertia (Paris, 1933), Vol. II, 54.

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.