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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.

Synopsis:

Frank M. Snowden Jnr. is a 2003 National Humanities Medal Winner

About the Author

Frank M. Snowden, Jr., was Professor of Classics, Emeritus, at Howard University.

Table of Contents

1. The Physical Characteristics of Ethiopians--the Textual Evidence

Appendix: Names of Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman World

2. The Physical Characteristics of Ethiopians--the Archaeological Evidence

Illustrations

3. Greco-Roman Acquaintance with African Ethiopians

4. Greek Encounters with Ethiopian Warriors

5. Roman Encounters with Ethiopian Warriors

6. Ethiopians in Classical Mythology

7. Ethiopians in the Theater and Amphitheater

8. Greco-Roman Attitude toward Ethiopians--Theory and Practice

9. Early Christian Attitude toward Ethiopians--Creed and Conversion

Blacks in a White Society--a Summation

Illustrations

Notes

Indexes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674076266
Author:
Snowden, Frank M.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
Snowden, Frank
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Civilization, greco-roman
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Negroes in Rome
Subject:
Negroes in Greece
Subject:
Greece Civilization To 146 B.C.
Subject:
Greece Civilization African influences.
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Series:
Belknap Press
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 halftones, 1 table
Pages:
390
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 19 oz

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