Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks / Edition 1

Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks / Edition 1

by Frank M. Snowden Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674063813

ISBN-13: 9780674063815

Pub. Date: 03/01/1991

Publisher: Harvard


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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674063815
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/01/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
804,092
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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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