Asmara appears to have been one of the most prosperous of these villages, and to have attained commercial importance through being on the high road from Axum to Massawa.
As the chronicle of Axum relates, Christianity was adopted in Abyssinia in the 4th century.
The cathedral at Axum is basilican, though the early basilicas are nearly all in ruins - e.g.
And the Ethiopians were not without successes, for on the Greek inscription of Axum (c. the middle of the 4th century) King Aeizanes calls himself " king of the Axumites, the Homerites, and Raidan, and of the Ethiopians, Sabaeans, and Silee."
The last, as we know from the Axum inscriptions, are the latest, and those with the title " mukrab " must be the earliest.