Menelik I

954 BC - 930 BC

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Menelik I (Ge'ez: ምኒልክ, Mənilək) was the legendary first Emperor of Ethiopia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Menelik I has received more than 1,216,887 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Menelik I is the 1,867th most popular politician (up from 2,043rd in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Ethiopia (down from 6th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Ethiopian Politician.

Menelik I was a legendary figure in Ethiopian history who is believed to have been the son of King Solomon of Israel and the Queen of Sheba. According to tradition, Menelik traveled to Jerusalem as a young man to visit his father and was anointed as the next king of Ethiopia by the priests there. He then returned to Ethiopia with a group of Israelites, bringing with him the Ark of the Covenant, which has been revered as a sacred relic in Ethiopia ever since. Menelik is considered the founder of the Ethiopian Solomonic dynasty, which ruled the country for nearly 3,000 years, and he is still celebrated as a national hero and a symbol of Ethiopia's ancient and enduring culture.

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Among politicians, Menelik I ranks 1,867 out of 19,576Before him are Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Benito Juárez, Carloman of Bavaria, Ibrahim Rugova, Dangun, and Sweyn II of Denmark. After him are Maroboduus, Yang Shangkun, Amanullah Khan, José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Emperor Jing of Han, and Kim Jong-suk.

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Among people born in 954 BC, Menelik I ranks 1 Among people deceased in 930 BC, Menelik I ranks 1

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In Ethiopia

Among people born in Ethiopia, Menelik I ranks 7 out of 105Before him are Abebe Bikila (1932), Haile Selassie (1892), Zewditu (1876), Abraha (600), Menelik II (1844), and Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937). After him are Onuphrius (320), Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (1200), Sahle-Work Zewde (1950), and Abdullah ibn Ja'far (650).

Among POLITICIANS In Ethiopia

Among politicians born in Ethiopia, Menelik I ranks 5Before him are Haile Selassie (1892), Zewditu (1876), Menelik II (1844), and Mengistu Haile Mariam (1937). After him are Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (1200), Sahle-Work Zewde (1950), Girma Wolde-Giorgis (1924), Tewodros II (1818), and Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi (1506).