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Brad Pitt, Gerard Butler. Were the directors right, from an historical point of view? Were the ancient Greeks and Romans of North European stock? Most classical historians today are silent on the subject. For example, Paul Cartledge, a professor of Greek culture at Cambridge, writes about his specialty, Sparta, for educated but non-academic readers, yet nowhere that I can find does he discuss the racial origins of the Spartans.
Some years ago I asked several classics professors about the race of the ancient Greeks only to be met with shrugs that suggested that no one knew, and that it was not something worth looking into.
Today, an interest in the race of the ancients seems to be taken as an unhealthy sign, and any evidence of their Nordic origins discounted for fear it might give rise to dangerous sentiments.
A hundred years ago, however, Europeans took it for granted that many Greeks and Romans were the same race as themselves.
A reproduction of Phidias' masterwork, Athena Parthenos. Credit Ancient History Encyclopedia Scholars today recoil at this pres consensus. Beth Cohen, author of Not the Classical Ideal: Thebes was the leading city of Boeotia, a rich agricultural region in south-central Greece.
Their yellow hair is tied up in a knot on the top of their head. Yes, the Greeks painted their statues, but the originals were not dark. Hundreds of copies survive. Experts have determined from microscopic paint particles that Aphrodite was painted blonde.
The foot-tall Athena, unveiled inhas light skin, blue eyes, and golden hair see photo above. Red-haired Thracian woman from the fourth century BC. National Geographic Many small terra-cotta figurines from Greece of the fourth century BC have survived with traces of paint.
They show light hair, usually reddish brown, and blue eyes, as do larger statues from the time of the Persian Wars in the early fifth century BC. Even a cursory examination of ancient marble reliefs, statues, and busts reveals European features.
Many of the faces could just as easily be those of Celtic chieftains or Viking kings. There is more evidence of the appearance of the Greeks. Xenophanes, an Ionian Greek philosopher who lived in the fifth century BC, was amused to note that different peoples believed that the gods look like themselves: The Thracians despite Prof.
The Greek poet Hesiod c. Two racial types There were two racial types in ancient Greece: The earliest known inhabitants were of the former type.
These included the Minoans, who were not Greeks at all, and who built an impressive civilization on the island of Crete. The Pelasgians, which is the name later Greeks gave to the pre-Hellenic population of mainland Greece, were also dark.A contemporary review of a play I did not see: Cold Fury (31 January ) starring Sam Wanamaker, Bernard Lee Script: James Workman Director: Dennis Vance A review by G Taylor- "Armchair Theatre came up with 'AN Adults Only' piece.
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If you are interested in learning more about the Black History Gallery Project, here is a presentation Dr. Joel Freeman made to a group interested in establishing a Black History gallery in their community.