Cush, Punt, Saba, Aksum, Abyssinia, Ethiopia – the name of this country in Eastern Africa has seen many changes throughout thousands of years of history. Few nations have a similar long history and cultural tradition. Independent as far back as can be remembered, it was one of the “great” kingdoms for a long time. It is also considered the oldest Christian country.
The Amharic language of Ethiopia and its accompanying script “Ge’ez” developed from Semitic origins in Arabia.
Due to a more than 1600 year Christian tradition and the close relationship to the Hellenistic Mediterranean region during late antiquity, there are borrowings from Greek which can be recognized in the Amharic script. »Ge’ez« is the only script of Semitic origin which is written from left to right. Because Amharic is traditionally written with an expanded pen tip, it shows the typical ductus also characteristic of the uncial scripts of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. So for experts in script, AMHARA has a somewhat sacramental effect. And, although the individual forms look foreign, the overall picture is strangely familiar.