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Reign10th century
PredecessorMara Takla Haymanot
SuccessorJan Seyum
DynastyZagwe dynasty
FatherMara Takla Haymanot

Tatadim was a King (negus) of Ethiopia, and a member of the Zagwe dynasty.


Tatadim's name appears in second place in the long lists of the Zagwe kings.[1] Taddesse Tamrat states that he was the oldest known son of Mara Takla Haymanot.[2]

According to the Gadla Yemrehana Krestos, Tatadim made efforts to secure the succession of kingship for his sons, taking actions against his brothers Jan Seyum and Germa Seyum; the Agaw law of inheritance dictated that his brothers should be his successors, a problem that plagued the Zagwe kings.[3]


  1. ^ G.W.B. Huntingford, "'The Wealth of Kings' and the End of the Zāguē Dynasty", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 28 (1965), p. 10
  2. ^ Taddesse Tamrat, Church and State in Ethiopia, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 56n.
  3. ^ Taddesse Tamrat, p. 61.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mara Takla Haymanot
Emperor of Ethiopia Succeeded by
Jan Seyum