Before Color Prejudice / Edition 1

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Overview


In this richly illustrated account of black-white contacts from the Pharaohs to the Caesars, Frank Snowden demonstrates that the ancients did not discriminate against blacks because of their color.
For three thousand years Mediterranean whites intermittently came in contact with African blacks in commerce and war, and left a record of these encounters in art and in written documents. The blacks--most commonly known as Kushites, Ethiopians, or Nubians--were redoubtable warriors and commanded the respect of their white adversaries. The overall view of blacks was highly favorable. In science, philosophy, and religion color was not the basis of theories concerning inferior peoples. And early Christianity saw in the black man a dramatic symbol of its catholic mission.

This book sheds light on the reasons for the absence in antiquity of virulent color prejudice and for the difference in attitudes of whites toward blacks in ancient and modern societies.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review - P. L. Shinnie
This elegantly written book...collects evidence for artistic representations of African individuals in the ancient world from Egyptian to Roman times...[The] illustrations are well chosen and [show] how the ancient world saw the people of its southern frontiers.
Archeology - Lionel Casson
This cogent, well-written study is richly illustrated with 47 pages of plates of uniformly high quality.
Booknews
Offering practical guidance to prospective parents, this volume addresses the question of whether or not to undergo testing, and if elected, how best to use the results. It explains the array of tests--how they are performed, what they reveal, and the nature of their limitations. Paper edition (unseen), $8.95. Reprint of the Harvard University Press edition published in 1983 and still available (in current Books in print) at $21. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674063815
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank M. Snowden Jr., was Professor of Classics, Howard University.
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Table of Contents

1. Who Were The African Blacks?

2. Meetings of Black and Whites

3. Images and Attitudes

4. Toward an Understanding of the Ancient View

Illustrations

Notes and Sources

Sources of Illustrations

Index

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