The Anglo-Ethiopian Society

Book Club - The Sacred City of the Ethiopians: Being a Record of Travel and Research in Abyssinia in 1893

J. Theodore Bent

Monday 5th March 2018

7:30pm, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX - all welcome


The Society's book club will discuss The Sacred City of the Ethiopians - Being a record of travel and research in Abyssinia in 1893 by James Theodore Bent.

The Sacred City of the Ethiopians is a record of a four months' journey, which the author and his wife made in Abyssinia at the beginning of 1893 to Aksum, the ancient capital of the country. Many of the items collected by Bent on these travels are now in the British Museum, including the large painting of the Crucifixion.

The Sacred City of the Ethiopians was first published in 1896 and is now out of copyright. Original editions are getting difficult to find but the book has been scanned and is available online in various formats free of charge (the pdf version is recommended). It is available as a reprint in both hardback and paperback editions from a number of publishers and also in a ‘cleaned up’ Kindle format (where annoying errors in the free version have been corrected).

We will meet in The Long Bar on the ground floor of the National Theatre.

If you would like to attend, or want further information, please email the Book Club.




The Sacred City of the Ethiopians - Being a record of travel and research in Abyssinia in 1893 by James Theodore Bent.
Publisher: London, New York, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1893

First Published in News File Winter 2017

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