The Black Romans — Articles on Black History

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septimus-ssWas Septimius Severus the 1st Black man to rule England?

Did you know that Black and Asian people first came to the North East in Roman times? Or that England was once ruled by a Libyan? These and many more historical facts were revealed as part of BBC Black History Month.

Early Black History

Emperor Septimius Severus wasn’t the only Black Roman in Britain. There were other African officers, soldiers … stationed on and around Hadrian’s Wall in the 3rd century.

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Black Romans

From the 9th century onwards, there are records of Vikings bringing Moroccans to the region.

There’s a gap in the recording of black presence in the North East of England for nearly 400 years until the start of the 16th century.

Black and Asian presence in the North East of England can be traced back to Septimius Severus, a North African Libyan, who ruled England as Roman Emperor between 193-211 AD.

Severus was unique amongst the Roman emperors as being the first Black citizen to hold the highest office in the empire.

Lucius Septimus
Son of Septimus

The most celebrated example of an early Black presence in Britain is the case of the Roman military garrison on Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria.

A 4th century inscription tells us that the Roman auxiliary unit, Numerus Maurorum Aurelianorum, was stationed at Aballava, modern day Burgh-by-Sands.

This unit had been mustered in the Roman province of Mauretania in North Africa, modern Morocco.

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The Black Romans

Genetic evidence

It was recently suggested that African DNA might be found to be present in the local populations near to Hadrian’s Wall.

However, this would not conclusively show that the Black Roman soldiers on the wall intermarried with the local population because of the problem of ‘admixture’.

Admixture is a process whereby the DNA of a population becomes diluted over time and it cannot be shown at what period in time that dilution took place.

African Legacy

During his time in office, Septimius Severus legalised marriage during military service.

There is also evidence that that some Black Romans married, had children, and remained in Britain after their tour of duty.

Skeletons unearthed in a Romano British Cemetery outside York revealed the limb proportions of some of the men suggested that they were Black Africans.

Perhaps they might be considered to be Britain’s first Diaspora people, making Cumbria the birthplace of Black British history?

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  1. Pink-Arse

    Here are the Moors:

    The Moor’s head:

    Sorry to disappoint you. But those Moors you posted although Hassaniya Arabs in actuality are so suffused with Black African blood that their phenotype matches mine and those of my sisters. Those your so-called Moors are Black Africans fool. They are not pink and hairy like you, they are brown like me. I am not pink and hairy like you!

    According to Hairy Pinky : …The well-documented cultural poverty of Africa before contact with whites or Arabs is almost certainly due to low average intelligence. No sub-Saharan people had the wheel, a written language, mechanical devices, multi-story buildings, or a calendar…”

    The Lower Class gutter snipe (aka Hairy Pinky) does not realize that writing began in Africa. the ignorant Neanderthal has not heard of the Heiroglyphics of Meroe, Ethiopia and Egypt! Even the Sumerians aka the Black heads, Black Africans who settled Mesopotamia from Africa, they invented the cunniform writing.

    Africa actually has more writing systems than any other area of the world. We have Ethiopian Geez, we have the Egyptian heiroglyphics and demotic, we have the written Amazigh, we have the Nsibidi of Nigeria, the Via scripts of Liberia, we have the Uli symbols also from Nigeria. Phonecians adapted Kusitic writing skills, gave it to the Greeks who passed it on to Rome. Actually, it is Europe that never developed any writing system except what it copied from Africans. There were thousand year old libraries in Black Africa before Europe saw its first books.

    The wheel was invented in Africa by Africans and taken all over the world in prehistory. Just like the Blacks invented agriculture, city building, mining and stone cutting, Black Africans made the first wheels. Where in Europe was the wheel invented?

    Multi-story buildings were first seen in ancient Egypt, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Pemba on the East African coast. I know you have never heard of Mapungwe in South Africa nor the Great Zimbabwe. Where was the first multi-story European buildings? Europeans could not construct anything durable until the Templar Knights returned from Jerusalem then ruled by the Moors and the Saracens.

    Sub-Saharan Africa is a region of Africa. It is not a race.

    Pink bad hairy man…Black Africans live right across Africa since the beginning of time. It is idle to deny reality. When you are reduced to qualifying the morphology of Africans based on some whimsical rule…it is time to remind you of objective reality. Black Africans own Africa from Congo to Libya, from Cairo to Johannesburg. We never shared ancient Africa with any pink guys like you.

    Yes, but we shared Europe with you. We live in Europe through our half breed children of Southern Europe. The French Spainiards and italians still display a Black man’s head on their cultural flags. It is called the Moor’s head. Look for it on goggle. Black genes everywhere…even in your wretched pink bluish veins in the colder paler parts of Europe.

    We are your fathers, your teachers, your masters, and your eventual salvation.

    You claim you went to Egypt but I know your hairy pink neanderthal arse has never left the cold climes of your unemployment-ridden trailer quarters somewhere in northwest Europe. When you ever get to see the world, you will marvel at how jaundiced your world view is.

    You sound like you need some spice to help you liven up. Some colour will help out this winter, and your shrink is still there to make money off you.

    Now go get some tan…and take your medication along too. Neanderthal fool!


  2. all u racist people u want to hide the truth because deep down u know your race stole everything from the african race u don’t want to know the truth thats why the world is at war now because the white,jewish and arab race at war with each other over what the black man history u fight to keep everything hiden but in the end the black race will be on top again

    1. WHAT ARE YOU DOING while I agree that half the people on this sight must stupid trailer trash you must not sound as racist as they are while it is true that africas problems have been caused by european invasion and American exploitation the fact is that european and American cultures deserve full recognising for all developments achieved by them as do all those of african decent. If you act like a racist you will appear just as stupid and ignorant as the many inbred abominations of life that contributed to this site .(this does not apply to the non racists) Black White Asian Hispanic Native American it does not matter. We are all equal and we all have equal right to be proud of the many innovations produced by all humans in the world. We are all one race species and people. We are not competing WHY CAN’T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS

      1. More positive vibes! Let the troll’s of ignorance spit their hateful bile, because if you educate your loved ones (& they share that teaching of love & acceptance), as thouroughly as they were taught by their misguided parents & peers, the less these troll’s of ignorance can ingage you in conflict, I wish to end the arguments from the more educated human beings & those open to learning new things, these troll’s feed on your negative vibes so starve them & fill them with positive food for thought!
        My Father a Jamaican from Black/Chinese ancestry my Mother from Celtic/Irish Ancestry, I am a child of circumstance but a god of my existance, I own my heritage you can’t change this!

  3. Funny thing how can such level of humanism and immaturity be combined in a same train of thought. Too bad we disregard the word “ignorance” altogether, when we are all ignorants in a way…
    I certainly see some truth in both TheTruth and Jahdey, and while this bit of cyberspace gets SEO, the lesser educated are out there, not able to tell the difference between Carthaginians and Moors. Guess I’ll keep doing my research elsewhere, in search of kinder answers…

  4. Jahdey;
    You need to cool down man! These people are just yankin your chain man and your head is spinin with it. You can’t respond to racist comments with more racist comments brother! I’m red and black (E3B from the mother land), white and a little yellow. Does Jah love me less for that brother? I don’t believe so! I don’t believe that is the truth. It sure not the most holy true belief of H.I.M. Most living peolpe come from the tribe of the Conquering Lion of Judah whether they know thier truth or not. We have just changed our color over time but that is not wrong or the fault of people who have changed. It is just the truth of who we have become. It is up to us to not rely on our own misunderstanding when truth is speaking to us. H.I.M addressed this very well in his address to New Orleans. He was very anti-facist and pro-peace and freedom for all people, not just black people. We should never make his legacy one of ugliness or hatred toward to anyone, it never was and never should become that. By the way, H.IM was a devout Ethiopian Copitc Church memember. It is probably the most mystical religion on earth akin to many African Sephardic ancient traditions. Don’t be ugly Jahdey, rise above that! Follow the word of H.I.M. He was never hateful nor should you ever be my brother.

  5. Rasman

    Me hear you. The truth may be an offense, but it is not a crime.

    I do not racist against anyone but when a fool come to me talking about this and that…I burn him up!

    We all have something to say to the other, so when a right wing fool come here with his fuckery, man, I chew him up!

    I tear down all that right wing pomposity, hubris and ignorance.

    I do not cringe cause I will call a spade a spade. Right wing nuts need to hear the bare truth because the truth is for everyone African or European.

    Hail up


  6. Jahdey;
    I understand and fighting, the fight is not not a bad thing. I didn’t say that. You are brave to fight this fight on your own. I only said remeber the words of H.I.M, he maintained his dignity even in his ultimate downfall But H.I.M never brought his pain down to the street fighting level. His message was always positive, Afrocentric but never Black. We should never forget we are all Afrocentric but now, due to changes beyond our control, we are not all black but many colors. I really believe H.I.M is a true descendent of the Lion, I understand this but so am I. Taht doesn’t matter. We all need to get this understanding back home again soon . I have to tell you the truth, some black skined people keep making this divide wider and deeper. That is wrong! and not what the word of H.I.M says. He was always true to human truth and unity as descendent of the first generation of true Christianity. And the Jah Rastafari should be true to H.I.M. All I say was H.I.M was an authentic born Chtistian and not a hater of any race.

  7. Jahdey;
    Ok man, you vented it out on me your feelings so, cool man now you can go forward. But go forward with it truth of H.I.M in mind not your own anger or human misundersatnding. That is my only recommendation brother. If you wnat to take it out on me any time man, I’m cool with that. I really have no problem. But don’t take it out on the racists who just lack the understanding of H.I.M. It is just beating a dead horse.

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