Athlete Kenenisa Bekele: I was taken aback that they traveled from Norway to meet with me. King Kaleb of Axum (520 c.), also known by the name Ella Asbeha/Atsbeha of his reign, is well known for his invasion and conquest of Yemen in southern Arabia.
King Yusuf Asar Yathar’s merciless persecution of Christians is thought to have prompted King Kaleb to launch an attack against him. According to reports, King Kaleb chartered over 60 ships from Byzantine-run ports in the Erythrean Sea, or what is now the Red Sea, during his reign. Cardinal Cesare Baronio gave him the appellation Saint Elesbaan in the sixteenth century because of his readiness to protect Christians.
He was also referred to by the Greeks as Hellesthaeus, which means “the only one who adds to the morning or the only one who collects tribute.”
Gudit, Gwedit, Yodit, or Judith, Queen (perhaps tenth century A.D.), also known in Amharic as ‘Esato and in Teltal as Ga’Ewa, became a rebel leader who is historically credited with bringing about the fall of the Aksumite Empire.