The Battle of Ansata was fought in the year 1270 AD between the forces of Yekuno Amlak, future emperor of Ethiopia, and Yetbarak of the Zagwe dynasty.[1]

Battle of Ansata
Gayint, Ethiopia, north of Bashilo River

Decisive victory of Yekuno Amlak

Amhara rebels
Makhzumi Dynasty
Zagwe dynasty
Commanders and leaders
Yekuno Amlak
Unnamed Malassay
Unknown Amhara soldiers
Unknown Gafat regiments
Unknown Agew soldiers

Battle edit

The forces of Yekuno Amlak had received assistance from the Gafat whose commander was an unnamed Muslim called "The Malassay" and from Sultan Dil Gamis of the Sultanate of Shewa, giving the Amhara rebels an advantage over the Zagwe.[2][3][4][5] After defeating his army, Yekuno Amlak pursued Yetbarak, the king of Zagwe, into the church of Saint Qirqos at Ansata, slaying him.[6]

References edit

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