Skip to comments.Bust of Memnon: Images of Blacks in Ancient Greece
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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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.
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Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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?
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.
That, and maybe a little food.
I don’t believe the article states surprise regarding anything other than the existence of the bust of Memnon from early Greek antiquity.
Hey, it’s Thomas Sowell’s grandpa!
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.
“Black”?! You mean, ‘African-American’, right?
No, of course I mean black, of the negroid racial type; what else would I mean. :)