Ethio varsity starts course in ge’ez, Semitic language of Ethiopia, Eritrea

The Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia’s Amhara region has started a course in ge’ez, a language known to both Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Ge’ez (also known as Ethiopic) script, is one of the earliest written inscriptions of Semitic languages both in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Currently, its use is largely confined within the Orthodox Church. The Church has signficant presence in both countries.

The script belongs to an ancient South Semitic language group, specifically a member of the Ethiopian Semitic group.

The language is said to have originated in southern regions of Eritrea and the northern region of Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa.


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