Ancient Egypt was not a mixed society.
Ancient Egypt was PITCHED BLACK until the 7th century AD, when Indo Aryans called Arabs invaded from Central Asia.
For 99 percent of Egyptian history, Egypt was as BLACK as Nigeria, as BLACK as Congo, and as BLACK as Senegal.
King Tut was a dark skinned black man,
Queen Tiye was a beautiful and EXTREMELY dark skinned woman.
Hatshepsut was also very very very dark skinned.
Even during the Ptolemaic period of Kemet, the Egyptians were primarily African.
The fact that the most advanced civilization of human history was composed primarily of Black People is the most annoying and frustrating thing to white supremacist historians today.
except for the fact ancient Egypt was in fact a mixed society at some point
okay children let’s gather around the campfire because former Classics major Jocelyn is going to tell you the very basics of race in Egypt
imma keep it brief
so there were a few different periods of Egyptian time periods (the Early Dynastic Period, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, the Late Period and a few intermediate periods before Alexander the Great (who was Greek) began his campaign his and basically took over the majority of the world and started the Ptolemaic period in Egypt but this wasn’t until like 332 BC and the Early Dynastic Period started in 3100 BC just so y’all can get some perspective.
The three great pyramids, Narmer who united Upper and Lower Egypt and King Tut etc. all came before the Ptolemaic period and therefore were African it’s not up for debate these are facts.
BUT, Egypt, Greece, Rome. Persia and pretty much all of the ancient world including ancient Egypt was never 100% black or white etc. These were all mixed. All these places traded and interacted with each other and at certain points some places conquered other places. And it wasn’t a black/white thing it was a “I’m a Nubian, I’ an Egyptian, I’m Greek..” thing.
Just like y’all will fight tooth and nail to prove there were black people in Ancient Rome and Greece that played important roles in those societies (which is a fact and which is something you should try to teach others about that) but y’all can’t just rewrite history to better suit pro-black propaganda. The history of black people in ancient mediterranean is a proud one and we have no reason to lie. You ain’t gotta lie craig. Terence and Septimius Severus was outchea holding it down for us.
Furthermore color prejudice wasn’t that big during ancient times. I’m not 100% it even existed tbh. I wasn’t there so I can’t tell you but I can tell you it didn’t really hold people back from doing. Obviously when archeological research was being done in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s white people were trying to downplay Africa’s involvement in anything that was contrary to popular belief that black people did not exist until 1620. But we’re not going to disprove lies by spreading more lies when we have this fascinating history to be uncovered. So enough with the bullshit
On this “the Egyptians were very very very dark.” Um no. You can go to Nigeria right now and see people 100% Africa and their skintones range from dark as the night sky to deep mahogany. My grandmother was biracial and I’m often mistaken for being 100% African, Black people have variation in their skin colors. Some were dark and some were light and if you look at art from any of the time periods you can see an array of skintones
And while I have your attention can we please stop sleeping on the kingdoms of West Africa in favor of Egyptians. Like most African Americans come from West Africa and we have a history that is pretty much ignored. The richest person of all time was the King of Mali. Musa I with a net worth of 400 billion. And he acquired this wealth during Europe’s dark ages but no let’s sit here and argue about Cleopatra VII’s nose for the 40 time
This is the image of Cleopatra found on Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia Cleopatra was a white woman. Sorry but the last time we checked wasn’t she born and raised in Egypt? The last time we checked when were Egyptians white? Why can’t we have anything? Why must they go make one of the most powerful woman in history white? I am sure if Cleopatra was the known as the “Jezebel” of ancient Egypt she would have remained a WoC. However, since was a powerful and prominent figure that contributed to ancient and modern society she can’t possibly be a person of color.
She might have been born and raised in Egypt, but that does not make her a WoC.
She had no Egyptian blood in her at all, she was descended from Ptolemy I, one of the Macedonian Greek generals of Alexander the Great. The Ptolemies all, with the exception of Cleopatra I who was Persian, practised incest and married their brothers/sisters/nieces/uncles etc. They considered the native population to be beneath them, so there was no way she would have been part Egyptian and have had dark skin. To quote a recent biography:
For ten generations her family had styled themselves pharaohs. The Ptolemies were in fact Macedonian Greek, which makes Cleopatra approximately as Egyptian as Elizabeth Taylor. The word “honey skinned” recurs in descriptions of her relatives and would presumably applied to hers as well, despite the inexactitudes surrounding her mother and paternal grandmother. There was certainly Persian blood in the family, but even an Egyptian mistress is a rarity among the Ptolemies. She was not dark skinned.
History has absolutely been more than unfair to people of color and their representations within it. However, Cleopatra is NOT a legitimate example of that. The OP makes an assumption based on no historical knowledge whatsoever. This is one of those topics which bothers me because instead of actually looking into Cleopatra’s background, they simply assume things. If you’re serious about understanding the history of mankind, and the injustices people of color have faced, at least try to explore legitimate topics.
I love when people do this hehehehe
Zenobia – Queen of the Palmyrene Empire
Zenobia had married Septimius Odaenathus, the King of Palmyra, by 258; she was his second wife. … Around 266, Zenobia and Odaenathus had a son, his second child, Lucius Julius Aurelius Septimius Vaballathus Athenodorus.
In 267, Zenobia’s husband and stepson were assassinated. The titled heir, Vaballathus, was only one year old, so his mother succeeded her husband and ruled Palmyra. Zenobia bestowed upon herself and her son the honorific titles of Augusta and Augustus. Zenobia conquered new territories and increased the Palmyrene Empire in the memory of her husband and as a legacy to her son. Her stated goal was to protect the Eastern Roman Empire from the Sassanid Empire, for the peace of Rome; however, her efforts significantly increased the power of her own throne.
In 269 Zenobia, her army, and the Palmyrene General Zabdas violently conquered Egypt with help from their Egyptian ally, Timagenes, and his army. The Roman prefect of Egypt, Tenagino Probus and his forces, tried to expel them from Egypt, but Zenobia’s forces captured and beheaded Probus. She then proclaimed herself Queen of Egypt. After these initial forays, Zenobia became known as a “Warrior Queen”. In leading her army, she displayed significant prowess: she was an able horse rider and would walk three or four miles with her foot soldiers.
Zenobia, with her large army, made expeditions and conquered Anatolia as far as Ancyra or Ankara and Chalcedon, followed by Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon. In her short-lived empire, Zenobia took the vital trade routes in these areas from the Romans. Roman Emperor Aurelian, who was at that time campaigning with his forces in the Gallic Empire, probably did recognise the authority of Zenobia and Vaballathus; however, this relationship began to break down when Aurelian began a military campaign to reunite the Roman Empire in 272–273. Aurelian and his forces left the Gallic Empire and arrived in Syria. The forces of Aurelian and Zenobia met and fought near Antioch. After a crushing defeat, the remaining Palmyrenes briefly fled into Antioch and then into Emesa.
Zenobia was unable to remove her treasury at Emesa before Aurelian successfully entered and besieged the city. Zenobia and her son escaped Emesa by camel with help from the Sassanids, but they were captured on the Euphrates River by Aurelian’s horsemen. Zenobia’s short-lived Egyptian kingdom and the Palmyrene Empire had ended.
Description from Wikipedia. Painting by Herbert Gustave Schmalz.
January 24, 41: Caligula is assassinated.
Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, nicknamed “Caligula”, succeeded his moody great-uncle Tiberius as Roman Emperor in the year 37 AD. He was, at first, a popular ruler (mostly thanks to the popularity of his father), but Caligula soon proved himself an extravagant spender, in stark contrast to his predecessor, and unstable; contemporary accounts list among the many scandals associated with his name his attempt to appoint his horse to the Senate, his casual torture and execution of those who displeased him, and his supposed incestuous encounters with his sisters. Caligula’s decadence, cruelty, heavy spending, laughable military campaigns, and heavy taxation transformed him from a popular young emperor into a hated tyrant.
During a sporting event, a member of Caligula’s own Praetorian Guard, Cassius Chaerea, led a group of officers to corner the emperor and assassinate him in a premeditated conspiracy that probably directly involved members of the Senate. Cassius attacked first, and he and the assassins stabbed Caligula around thirty times. According to legend (and artistic depictions), the assassins found Caligula’s uncle, Claudius, hiding in a curtain and proclaimed this pliant, infirm, and most unlikely of men Roman emperor. Hours later, Caligula’s wife, Milonia Caesonia, was killed along with their fiery-tempered infant daughter, Julia Drusilla, whose head was dashed against a wall.
After becoming emperor, Claudius sentenced Cassius to death, and he was executed soon after Caligula.
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Some graffiti found in Pompeii’s ruins:
Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!
Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates.
I screwed the barmaid.
Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here.
- I screwed a lot of girls here.
- Sollemnes, you screw well!
- Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog
Famous Mothers from History (and their famous children)
Catherine de’ Medici (13 April 1519 - 5 January 1589) - She was a member of the powerful Italian Medici family and the famous wife of King Henry II of France. Her husband died in 1560, leaving his wife regent during a time of intense religious strife. Catherine was also the mother of three of France’s kings - Francis II, Charles IX, and Henry III, all of whom were rather sickly and weak (both Francis and Charles died before their mother). She held enormous sway over her sons, though Henry less so, and great authority in the government; after she embarked on a diplomatic journey across France (as a sixty-year-old woman), the Venetian ambassador claimed she was “born to tame and govern a people as unruly as the French”.
Empress Dowager Cixi (29 November 1835 - 15 November 1908) - Although her son, the Tongzhi Emperor, was the technical ruler of China, the charismatic but stubborn Cixi effectively controlled the government. When her son died, Cixi put her nephew, the Guanxu Emperor, in power; however, when he began to implement reforms that the conservative Cixi disapproved of, she had him placed under house arrest. His reign technically continued until 1908, but, as always, Empress Dowager Cixi was 垂簾聽政 - taking care of business from behind a curtain.
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 - 1 April 1204) - Unlike the previous two historical mothers, this French wife of Henry II of England did not give birth to feeble, pliant sons - her third-eldest (the first to become king) was Richard the Lionheart, and her fifth (the second to become king) was John Lackland (“Prince John”). She did rule as regent, however, as Richard went off crusading. But even before her marriage to Henry, Eleanor was a Duchess in her own right, having inherited the entire Duchy of Aquitaine at age fifteen. She married twice; her first marriage was to Louis VII, King of the Franks, but this was annulled; the second was to Henry, whom she asked to marry her, two months after the annulment of her first marriage. Clearly, she was a woman who got what she wanted. She eventually bore him eight children, and she outlived six of them.
Agrippina the Younger (7 November 15 - 23 March 59) - Agrippina the Younger was the great-granddaughter of Augustus, sister of Caligula, wife (and niece) of Claudius, and the mother of Nero. As Empress consort, she was the most powerful woman in the Empire. When Claudius began to favor his son Britannicus over her own son Nero, however, he died suddenly and suspiciously (ancient sources state that Agrippina poisoned him, but this is unconfirmed). Nero’s accession did very little to further Agrippina’s power, however. Although she tried to take control of her son’s empire, Nero proved less yielding than she had expected and resisted his mother’s ambitious grabs for power. He attempted more than once to have her murdered. The actual circumstances of her death are unclear, though apparently her son viewed her more as a political rival than his mother and did indeed have her executed.
And on that somewhat morbid note, we end. Don’t forget to wish your own mother a happy Mother’s Day!