Did You Know?

Ge'ez manuscript

There are only three places in North America you can study the language of Old Ethiopic, or Ge’ez, and one of them is U of T.

And at U of T Scarborough, there is a unique collection of digitized Ge’ez literature and art. Professor Michael Gervers of Historical and Cultural Studies has visited ancient sites in Ethiopia, and brought back hundreds of images of documents and artworks. Those images and other resources are being added to the UTSC library’s archive in the Digital Scholarship Unit.

You might have heard about the language because of one Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd. His donation to U of T to support Ethiopic Studies was big news, and has helped make the university the only place in Canada where Ge’ez can be studied.