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Blacks contributed,influenced and maintained a presence in the ancient world.
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Bust of Memnon: Images of Blacks in Ancient Greece

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Image of the Week: Learn about this bust of Memnon, protégé of the Athenian philosopher Herodes Atticus.

This marvelous bust is one of the very few documents of an actual black person from Greek and Roman antiquity. Memnon was a pupil and protégé of the well-known Athenian entrepreneur and philosopher Herodes Atticus.

 

It was found more than a century ago in one of several villas owned by Herodes, and it adds a face to the name of the person recorded by Philostratus in his Lives of the Sophists, an account of the famous philosophers of the second century.

 

The exact circumstances of Memnon's entry into this celebrated milieu are unknown, but there is no doubt about the esteem in which he was held. He was given the sobriquet "Memnon" in reference to the Ethiopian ally of the Trojans in Homer's Iliad. Philostratus and other sources record the extreme grief manifested by Herodes upon the early death of Memnon.


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A fascinating glimpse into a little studied interation between black Africa and the Mediterranean world

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Africans in Early Europe

The ancient Mediterranean has long been home to Africans. In ancient Greece Africans figured prominently into many aspects of society and contact between the two groups was frequent. Black types can be found as early as Minoan Crete and are mentioned frequently in later Grecian writings. The Greek historian Herodotus stated, "Almost all of the names of the gods came into Greece from Egypt...The Egyptians were the first to introduce solemn assemblies, processions, and litanies to the gods, all of which the Greeks were taught to use." The relationship of several Greek deities to African deities has long been noted. Examples include the following: Athena to Neith; Hermes to Thoth; Hesphatus to Ptah. It is also Herodotus who tells us of the legend which lists the Egyptian king Sewosret (Seosteris I, II, or III) as the colonizer of Greece and founder of Athens. Alexander the Great, like many of his fellow Greeks, had a great respect for African religion. After his conquest of Egypt, he sought the advice of the oracle of the African god Amen. Thereafter he denounced his own father, Phillip of Macedonia, and proclaimed himself the son of Amen. He even went so far as to have his body buried in the Egyptian city he built for himself, Alexandria. Here he is pictured wearing the ram horns of Amen on a silver coin dated around 300BC. (Photo and Information courtesy of Black Spark, White Fire by Michael Poe, Blacks in Antiquity by Frank Snowden, and Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization by Anthony T. Browder)
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"Out of Africa" Phrase in Use Since Ancient Greece

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The phrase "out of Africa" has been used so often that it has become part of our cultural vocabulary. But where did it come from? Two researchers track the origins of the phrase and its evolution from a Greek proverb in the 4th century B.C.
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RaceandHistory.com - Africans Contributions to Rome

This article is a response to the latest hit movie, The Gladiator.
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Africans in Ancient Greek Art | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Professor Frank Martin Snowden Jr.

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Ethiopian in the Greco-Roman Experience & Before Color Prejudice by Frank Snowden...
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Library System - Howard University: Special Programs: Excellence@Howard: Frank M Snowden

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Were the ancient Romans white? Not on your Life! – by – Oguejiofo Annu – Rasta Livewire

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Marc Washington’s Perspectives: Was culture of ancient Roman Empire African? – Rasta Livewire

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Ending Stereotypes for America

If the myth of a primative Africa is destroyed by historical facts, we will destroy or preempt many people's belief that groups possess different levels of innate mental ability, which will reduce discrimination and violence, which will...
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The Nigerian/Ethiopian Roots Of the Ancient Greeks – Edited By – Jide Uwechia – Rasta Livewire

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Black Africans of Ancient Mediterranean Part 1 (Across the River) – by Dr. Anu Mauro – Rasta Livewire

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THE INFLUENCE OF THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN CIVILIZATION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CULTURES

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a- Black - Greek DNA links- history

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Egypt Travel, Liberman, gods and goddesses, mummification, rulers, pyramids, temples, time, trade, writing, Tours, Vacations, Ancient Egypt, Culture, History and Egypt shopping, writing, 25th Dynasty, Tarhaqa, Nubian, Sahara, Levant, Sahel, Ethiopia,...
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THE BLACK GREEKS

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Great art work of ancient Greeks

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This is a great example of how art can be used as evidence in claims that people may make about the ancient world. It can also be used to see where this group of people called the 'Black Greeks' live or extended to.  

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Library System - Howard University: Special Programs: Excellence@Howard: Frank M Snowden

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ResoluteReader: Frank M. Snowden, Jr - Before Color Prejudice; The Ancient View of Blacks

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Lusius Quietus, Commander of the Imperial Cavalry of the Romano-Moorish Army: The Black Romans – By Oguejiofo Annu – Rasta Livewire

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The Black Emperors of Rome: Roman Emperor Caracalla (Kara-kalla) – Rasta Livewire

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