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Abraha (Ge’ez: አብርሃ) (also spelled Abreha, died presumably in 570 CE), also known as Abraha al-Ashram (Arabic: أَبْرَهَة ٱلْأَشْرَم), was a viceroy for the Kingdom of Aksum who ruled the Himyarite Kingdom of Yemen and much of the Arabian Peninsula in the 6th century. He is famous for the tradition of his attempt to destroy the Kaaba, a revered religious site in Mecca, using an army that included war elephants, an event known as Year of the Elephant. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abraha has received more than 645,150 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Abraha is the 158th most popular military personnel (up from 166th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Ethiopia (up from 55th in 2019) and the most popular Ethiopian Military Personnel.

Abraha was most famous for leading a military expedition against Mecca in the year 570 AD.

Memorability Metrics

  • 650k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 67.78

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.69

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.39

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Abrahas by language

Over the past year Abraha has had the most page views in the with 134,359 views, followed by English (126,450), and Turkish (35,987). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Uzbek (1,551.35%), Albanian (273.96%), and Bengali (269.83%)


Among military personnels, Abraha ranks 158 out of 2,058Before him are Antipater, Paul Tibbets, Pittacus of Mytilene, Józef Poniatowski, Alfred von Schlieffen, and Semyon Timoshenko. After him are Hermann Fegelein, Alexander Selkirk, Joseph Joffre, Louis, Grand Condé, Joachim Peiper, and Semyon Budyonny.

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Among people born in 600, Abraha ranks 11Before him are Jordanes, Musaylimah, Abdullah ibn Masud, Pope Vitalian, Bahira, and Pope John IV. After him are Maria al-Qibtiyya, Abdullah ibn Muhammad, Muadh ibn Jabal, Abu Dhar al-Ghifari, Pope Theodore I, and Bahram Chobin. Among people deceased in 600, Abraha ranks 2Before him is Jordanes. After him are Qasim ibn Muhammad, Abd Manaf ibn Qusai, Stephanus of Byzantium, Priscian, Leander of Seville, Sophia, Eutocius of Ascalon, Bharavi, Hrólfr Kraki, and David the Invincible.

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In Ethiopia

Among people born in Ethiopia, Abraha ranks 4 out of 105Before him are Abebe Bikila (1932), Haile Selassie (1892), and Zewditu (1876). After him are Menelik II (1844), Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937), Menelik I (-954), Onuphrius (320), Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (1200), and Sahle-Work Zewde (1950).


Among military personnels born in Ethiopia, Abraha ranks 1After him are Malik Ambar (1548).