posted on May, 2 2005 @ 07:27 PM
I've thought about this for a while, but my interest recently peaked, now that I have taken an intro archaeology class. The textbooks I have focused
a lot on the ancient Greco-Roman cultures, but ancient cultures of the Near East were also covered. The very fact that Egypt was included was good,
but also a bit confusing. Nevertheless, my problem isn't with this class; it's with the trend, in both the media and academia, to separate ancient
Egypt from the rest of ancient Africa.
Sadly, the biggest reason for this I can see is racism. Now, I am not saying that Egypt was a black African civilization only; anyone who does say
this is a fool. Based on the geography of Egypt, the people undoubtedly came from various reasons. But, I also think it is equally foolish to assume
that there were no black African Egyptians.
I base my opinion on what I have learned on the subject and on artifacts and artwork I have seen from Egypt. It's funny to me that it is accepted
that the Greeks and Romans were a group of different people from the same region, but this view is overlooked and scarcely mentioned when it comes to
I admire all the ancient civilizations for what they accomplished, don't get me wrong. I am also intrigued by the weird stuff they did (boy, those
ancients were into some weird stuff sometimes). Bluntly, I have a problem with this trend of looking at the Egyptians; I see it as nothing more but a
means of taking away an African contribution to the world. The whole thing is pretty sad, but such is the way with things, I guess...
Well, post any thoughts or comments on this.