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15 ancient civilizations you’ve never heard of

Espresso Logo By Erin Daley of Espresso | Slide 2 of 16: Aksum has inspired countless legends, but the actual ancient civilization was a powerful trading empire in northern Ethiopia. At its height (third to sixth century CE), the kingdom of Aksum was the largest market in northeastern Africa, using the Nile and the Red Sea as trading routes. Aksum adopted Christianity in the fourth century, but eventually lost its power as Persians and Arabs took over its trading territories.

Aksum

Aksum has inspired countless legends, but the actual ancient civilization was a powerful trading empire in northern Ethiopia. At its height (third to sixth century CE), the kingdom of Aksum was the largest market in northeastern Africa, using the Nile and the Red Sea as trading routes. Aksum adopted Christianity in the fourth century, but eventually lost its power as Persians and Arabs took over its trading territories.

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