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Bust of Memnon: Images of Blacks in Ancient Greece
The Root via Scoop.it ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 01/05/2013 9:35:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv

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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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; greece; greeks; memnon

bust of Memnon, protégé of the Athenian philosopher Herodes Atticus; Greek; Thyreatis (Peloponnesus), second century, marble. H: 27.3 cm. Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Antikensammlung, SK 1503.

Adding an Ancient Face to a Famous Name

1 posted on 01/05/2013 9:36:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 01/05/2013 9:37:05 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Considering that the Nubian empire conquered and ruled Egypt for almost 200 years, why is it surprising that blacks would have been in other countries in the area?


3 posted on 01/05/2013 9:47:04 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: RJS1950

It’s a shame we don’t have more written history of the last 20,000 years.

In truth...it is most likely that things similar (albeit on a pre-historic scale) were responsible for many migrations, etc.

As my Grandma always said - the new generation always thinks they are the first to experience love and sex.

My guess is that the majority of the exploration on all continents were driven by love and sex.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 9:54:54 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: DJlaysitup
My guess is that the majority of the exploration on all continents were driven by love and sex.

That, and maybe a little food.

5 posted on 01/05/2013 9:57:16 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: RJS1950

I don’t believe the article states surprise regarding anything other than the existence of the bust of Memnon from early Greek antiquity.


6 posted on 01/05/2013 9:58:08 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SunkenCiv

"Whatchu talkin bout, Polydamas?"

7 posted on 01/05/2013 9:59:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hey, it’s Thomas Sowell’s grandpa!


8 posted on 01/06/2013 3:29:12 AM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: RJS1950

The Black Pharaohs ruled Egypt very well as a mater of fact, re-built temples and gained popular supports. But, in truth, the Egyptians were not racists —some pharaohs were Black, some white, most brown. Egyptians were more interested in the gods you worshiped rather than the tint of your skin. The Nubians, who also lived on the sacred Nile, were seen as brothers and fellow Egyptians.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 4:43:13 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: RJS1950

“Black”?! You mean, ‘African-American’, right?


10 posted on 01/06/2013 6:19:23 AM PST by mkboyce
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11 posted on 01/06/2013 11:50:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: mkboyce

No, of course I mean black, of the negroid racial type; what else would I mean. :)


12 posted on 01/06/2013 1:02:53 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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