Blacks in Antiquity Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience

ISBN-10: 0674076265

ISBN-13: 9780674076266

Edition: 1970

Authors: Frank M. Snowden

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The Africans who came to ancient Greece and Italy participated in an important chapter of classical history. Although evidence indicated that the alien dark- and black-skinned people were of varied tribal and geographic origins, the Greeks and Romans classified many of them as Ethiopians. In an effort to determine the role of black people in ancient civilization, Mr. Snowden examines a broad span of Greco-Roman experience--from the Homeric era to the age of Justinian--focusing his attention on the Ethiopians as they were known to the Greeks and Romans. The author dispels unwarranted generalizations about the Ethiopians, contending that classical references to them were neither glorifications of a mysterious people nor caricatures of rare creatures. Mr. Snowden has probed literary, epigraphical, papyrological, numismatic, and archaeological sources and has considered modern anthropological and sociological findings on pertinent racial and intercultural problems. He has drawn directly upon the widely scattered literary evidence of classical and early Christian writers and has synthesized extensive and diverse material. Along with invaluable reference notes, Mr. Snowden has included over 140 illustrations which depict the Negro as the Greeks and Romans conceived of him in mythology and religion and observed him in a number of occupations--as servant, diplomat, warrior, athlete, and performer, among others. Presenting an exceptionally comprehensive historical description of the first major encounter of Europeans with dark and black Africans, Mr. Snowden found that the black man in a predominantly white society was neither romanticized nor scorned--that the Ethiopian in classical antiquity was considered by pagan and Christian without prejudice.
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Book details

List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 1970
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1970
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The Physical Characteristics of Ethiopians--the Textual Evidence
Appendix: Names of Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman World
The Physical Characteristics of Ethiopians--the Archaeological Evidence Illustrations
Greco-Roman Acquaintance with African Ethiopians
Greek Encounters with Ethiopian Warriors
Roman Encounters with Ethiopian Warriors
Ethiopians in Classical Mythology
Ethiopians in the Theater and Amphitheater
Greco-Roman Attitude toward Ethiopians--Theory and Practice
Early Christian Attitude toward Ethiopians--Creed and Conversion Blacks in a White Society--a Summation Illustrations
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