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Senfa Ared IV was nəgusä nägäst (1294 - 1295) of Ethiopia.

Hezba Asgad was nəgusä nägäst (1295 - 1296) of Ethiopia.

Qedma Asgad was nəgusä nägäst (1296 - 1297) of Ethiopia.

Jin Asgad was nəgusä nägäst (1297 - 1298) of Ethiopia.

Saba Asgad was nəgusä nägäst (1298 - 1299) of Ethiopia.

These sons of Emperor Yagbe'u Seyon each ruled Ethiopia for a year. Historians disagree over the situation that his successors experienced. Paul B. Henze states that Yagbe'u Seyon could not decide which of his sons should inherit his kingdom, and instructed that each would rule in turn for a year.[1] Tadesse Tamrat, on the other hand, records that his reign was followed by dynastic confusion, during which each of his sons held the throne.[2] E.A. Wallis Budge adds the tradition that Jin Asgad initiated the use of Amba Geshen as a royal prison for troublesome relatives of the Emperor, when he was forced to imprison his treacherous brother Saba Asgad; at the same time he imprisoned his other three brothers and his own sons in Amba Geshen.[3]

Whatever the situation truly was, it came to an end when Wedem Arad seized the throne.


  1. ^ Paul B. Henze, Layers of Time, A History of Ethiopia (New York: Palgrave, 2000), p. 60.
  2. ^ Taddesse Tamrat, Church and State in Ethiopia (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 72.
  3. ^ E. A. Walis Budge, A History of Ethiopia: Nubia and Abyssinia, 1928 (Oosterhout, the Netherlands: Anthropological Publications, 1970), p. 287. According to G.W.B Huntingford, this information comes from the Jesuit historian Pedro Páez, who was told this story by Emperor Susenyos (The Historical Geography of Ethiopia [London: The British Academy, 1989], p. 75).
Preceded by
Yagbe'u Seyon
Emperor of Ethiopia Succeeded by
Wedem Arad


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