originally posted by: zazzafrazz
originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: ancienthistorian
You present quite a bit of evidence for this. To what end?
Yeah, royalty are blonde and blue eyed (well I think we can guess to what end )...
OP, they probably weren't unless they had Slavic or Northern European in them....
Also, a sightly important note to the premise: the gods aren't real, so their imaginary hair colour is irrelevant when discussing Greco-Roman
Wow. No need to slam the person. They looked up quite a bit of information. Truly well put together.
Usually, "gods and goddesses" were once flesh and blood human beings. When they die, they become legends and then through a process of ancestor
worship, humans turn other humans into deities.
So like Demeter, goddess of agriculture was probably a human being who figured out that you can take wild plants and transplant them, which becomes
agriculture. And Demeter as a human being probably travelled by boat island hopping in the Aegean or going to coastal cities teaching the natives
agriculture. After death, she became deified into a goddess by ancestor worship.
I find the references great info. BUT
saying someone is "fair-haired" doesn't necessarily make them a blonde. They could be a red head. And
throughout the Aegean, red heads are associated with the burial practice of excarnation. Red heads practicing excarnation as a burial practice were
the first group to colonize Cyprus by boat. And they came from the Aegean.
Also, saying someone has "bright eyes" doesn't necessarily mean "blue eyes." It could be "green eyes" and it could be "hazel eyes." Hazel eyes can be
a combination of blue, green or amber eye color. I once tried to trace the origin of hazel eyes and wound up in the Aegean.
I figure that green, blue and hazel eyes might have evolved in the Aegean. Perhaps also red hair and blonde hair. Based on ice age cycles of the
Think of human evolution in the Aegean as similar to the Galapagos islands. The animals in the Galapagos islands evolved differently because the
islands were once connected to the mainland. Once separated, the animals had a different evolution from their mainland cousins.
During each Ice Age freeze, every 125,000 years, islands in the Aegean are connected to the mainland. The Sporades are connected to Greece during an
ice age freeze. Thassos connects to Thessaly, Samothrace connects to Thrace, Lemnos and Lesvos connect to Troy, and the Dodecanese islands all
connected to Southwest Turkey all during each ice age freeze.
Humans lived along the coast. Then the Eemian melt occurred and humans living in those regions became trapped on islands. They evolved differently
than their mainland cousins due to scarcity of food.
As the humans evolved on Aegean islands, with a different diet, you get blue eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes, red hair, blonde hair, dwarf genes, midget
genes all tracing back to Aegean islands.
Then the last glacial maximum happened and all those groups stuck on islands now wander around the Aegean coast, mixing with mainland groups.
Then as the last glacial maximum melted, their coastlines became islands again and some of their early cities sunk.
This time, necessity is the mother of invention. They invented boats to reconnect to their island cousins.
After inventing boats, they began colonizing the coasts and islands of the Mediteranean, the Adriatic, the Tyhrennian, the Atlantic, the North Sea.
Red hair definitely has a boat migration out of the Aegean, into the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic along the coasts.
But so does blonde hair, just different coastal cities for colonies.
Same for blue eyes, green eyes and hazel eyes. And definitely the dwarf gene. The dwarf gene community got integrated into red heads migrating by
So "fair headed" is not always blonde. And "bright eyes" is not always blue. It could mean red hair and green eyes or hazel eyes.