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
Mummy Portrait of a Bearded Man, Egyptian, ca. AD 170-180 (Roman Imperial), made of encaustic on wood.
Prior to the Roman Period, the likeness of the deceased on the mummy mask, coffin, and sarcophagus was an idealized representation that conformed to the general style of the period.
With the arrival of Roman rule in Egypt, mummy portraits became increasingly naturalistic. The new style of portraiture was sometimes rendered in two-dimensional paintings on a wood panel or on linen.
The panel portraits were made in either tempera paint or in encaustic, like this example. Encaustic painting is a technique in which the pigment is dissolved in wax before it is applied to the surface.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, USA
Let’s talk about Akhenaten.
He was a pharaoh of Egypt who came to power in the 1300s BCE. Originally, this dude’s name was Amenhotep IV, but that was too mainstream for Akhenaten, who changed his name, as well as the entire religion of Egypt.
I cannot believe that I just made this.
Egypt Threatens Removal of Ancient Central Park Obelisk
‘Since 1881, the obelisk known as Cleopatra’s Needle has stood in New York’s Central Park, but a letter from the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities indicates that this may change if the monument is not taken better care of.
‘Recently, Zahi Hawass, the aforementioned secretary general and archaeologist, wrote to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to inform them that if steps are not taken to protect the obelisk, it would be removed.
‘“I am glad that this monument has become such an integral part of New York City, but I am dismayed at the lack of care and attention that it has been given,” Hawass wrote. “Recent photographs that I have received show the severe damage that has been done to the obelisk, particularly to the hieroglyphic text, which in places has been completely worn away. I have a duty to protect all Egyptian monuments whether they are inside or outside of Egypt. If the Central Park Conservancy and the City of New York cannot properly care for this obelisk, I will take the necessary steps to bring this precious artifact home and save it from ruin.”