Black African Origin Of The Ancient Greeks (Part 3) – By Anu Mauro

The Black African Origin of The Ancient Greeks Part Three

By

Anu Mauro

MYTH 73 —THE GREEK MYTHS: VOLUME 1
PERSEUS

Abas, King of Argolis and grandson of Danaus, was so renowned a warrior that after he died rebels against the royal House could be put to flight by displaying his shield. He married Aglaia, to whose twin sons , Proteus and Acrisius he bequeathed his kingdom bidding them to rule altenately. ….

A bloody battle was fought……Proteus and Acrisius agreed to divide up the kingdom between them. Acrisus’s share was to be Argos and its environs, Proteus was to be Tiryns, The Heraeum, Midea And The Coast Of Argolis

Acrisius, married Aganippe, had no sons, but only the one daughter Danae whom (his brother) Proteus had seduced; and, when he (Acrisius), asked an oracle how to procure a male heir, was told: ‘You will have no sons, and your grandson must kill you.’

To forestall this fate Acrisius imprisoned Danae in a dungeon with brazen doors, guarded by savage dogs; but, despite these precautions, Zeus came upon her in a shower of gold, and she bore him a son named Perseus.

When Acrisius learned of (his daughter) Danae’s condition, he would not believe that Zeus was the father, and suspected his brother Proetus of having renewed his intimacy with her ; but, not daring to kill his own daughter, locked her and the infant Perseus in a wooden ark, which he cast into the sea.

This ark was washed towards the island of Seriphos, where a fisherman Dictys netted it, hauled it ashore, broke it open and found both Danae and Perseus still alive. He took them at once to his brother, King Polydectes, who reared Perseus in his own house.

Some years passed and Perseus, grown to manhood, defended Danae against Polydectes who, with his subjects’ support, had tried to force marriage upon her. ……..

‘Alas,’ answered Perseus, ‘I possess no horse, nor any gold to one. But if you intend to marry Hippodameia, and not my mother I will contrive to win whatever gift you name.’ He added rashly: ‘Even the Gorgon Medusa’s head, if need be.’

Athene overheard the conversation at Seriphos and, being a sworn enemy of Medusa’s, for whose frightful appearance she had herself been responsible, accompanied Perseus on his adventure…. then she warned him never to look at Medusa directly, but only at her reflection, and presented him with a brightly-polished shield……

Hermes also helped Perseus, giving him an adamantine sickle with which to cut off Medusa’s head.

But Perseus still needed a pair of winged sandals, a magic wallet to contain the decapitated head, and the dark helmet of invisibility, which belonged to Hades….

h. Perseus then collected the sandals, wallet, and helmet from the nymphs, and flew westwards to the Land of the Hyperboreans, where he found the Gorgons asleep, among rain-worn shapes of men and wild beasts pertrified by Medusa. He fixed his eyes on the reflection in the shield, Athene guided his hand, and he cut off Medusa’s head with one stroke of the sickle; whereupon, to his surprise, the winged horse Pegasus, and the warrior Chrysaor grasping a golden falchion, sprang fully-grown from her dead body.

Hurriedly thrusting her head into his wallet he took flight.

i. At sunset, Perseus alighted near the palace of the Titan Atlas to whom, as a punishment for his inhospitality, he showed the Gorgon’s head and thus transformed him into a mountain; and on the following day turned eastward and flew across the Libyan desert.

j. Perseus paused for refreshment at Chemmis in Egypt where he is still worshipped, and then flew on. As he rounded the coast of Philistia to the north, he caught sight of a naked woman chained to a sea-cliff and instantly fell in love with her. This was Andromeda, daughter of Cepheus the Ethiopian King of Joppa, and Cassiopeia.

Cassiopeia boasted that both she and her daughter were more beautiful than the Nereids, who complained of this insult to their protector Poseidon. Poseidon sent a flood and a female sea-monster to devastate Philistia; and when Cepheus consulted the Oracle of Ammon, he was told that his only hope of deliverance lay in sacrificing Andromeda to the monster. His subjects had therefore obliged him to chain her to a rock naked except for certain jewels, and leave her to be devoured.

k. As Perseus flew towards Andromeda, he saw Cepheus and Cassiopeia watching anxiously from the shore near by, and alighted beside them for a hurried consultation. On condition tha”- if he rescued her, she should be his wife and return to Greece with him, Perseus took to the air again, grasped his sickle and, diving murderously from above beheaded the approaching monster,
which was deceived by his shadow on the sea.

Cepheus and Cassiopeia grudgingly welcomed him as their son in law and, on Andromeda’s insistence, the wedding took place; but the festivities were rudely interrupted when Agenor King Belus’ twin brother , entered at the head of an armed party claiming Andromeda for himself. He was doubtless summoned by Cassiopeia, since she and Cepheus at once broke faith with Perseus pleading that the promise of Andromeda’s hand had been forced from
them by circumstances, and that Agenor’s claim was the prior one.

In the ensuing fight, Perseus struck down many of his opponents but, being greatly outnumbered, was forced to snatch the Gorgon’s head from its bed of coral and turn the remaining two hundred of them to stone.”

Poseidon set the images of Cepheus and Cassiopeia among the stars – the latter, as a punishment for her treachery, is tied in a market- basket which, at some seasons of the year, turns upside-down, so that she looks ridiculous.

But Athene afterwards placed Andromeda’s image in a more honourable constellation, because she had insisted on marry-ing Perseus, despite her parents’ ill faith.

The marks left by her chains are still pointed out on a cliff near Joppa;and the monster’s petrified bones were exhibited in the city itself until Marcus Aernilius Scaurus had them taken to Rome during his aedileship.

Perseus reigned in Tiryns and presently won back the other two parts of Proetus’s original kingdom. Perseus fortified Midea, and founded Mycenae.

NOTE ON TEXT — By Anu Mauro
There are a significant number of elements in the myth which connect it to Egypt and Ethiopic people. For one thing Perseus mother and father were apparently “Daanae” who in ancient myth have an African connection, making Perseus himself eligible for dark skin tones. Additionally the myth of Perseus is also linked to other Egypto Nubian myths like that of Set and Osiris.

NOTE ON TEXT — By Robert Graves
The myth of Danae, Perseus and the ark seems related to that of Isis Osiris, Set, and the Child Horus. In the earliest version, (of the myth) Proetus is Perseus’ father ( an Argive Osiris); Danae is his sister-wife, Isis; Perseus the child Horus; and Acrisius, the jealous Set who killed his twin Osiris and was taken vengeance on by Horus. The ark is the acacia-wood boat in which Isis and Horus searched the Delta for Osiris’s body.

NOTE ON TEXT — By Anu Mauro
Another notable African element relates to the battle with Medusa which takes place in Lybia where Perseus ‘creates’ the Atlas mountains (located in North West Africa) by turning the Titan Atlas into stone. Most of the action in the myth therefore seems to take place either on the North African Coast or along the nearby coast of Canaan before it moves on to Greece. Below Graves also provides a more geo-political version of the Medusa battle. — Anu Mauro

NOTE ON TEXT — By Robert Graves
As for the Gorgon Medusa, they say that she was a beautiful daughter of Phorcys, who had offended Athene, and led the Libyans of Lake Tritonis in battle. Perseus, coming from Argos with an army, was helped by Athene to assassinate Medusa. He cut off her head by night, and buried it under a mound of earth in the market place (back) at Argos. This mound lies close to the grave of Perseus’s daughter Gorgophone– Robert Graves

NOTE ON TEXT — By Anu Mauro
More Africa connections are revealed by the fact that Perseus stops in Egypt on his way home. Why? …..according to Herodotus to ‘visit the home of his mother’s people’ …..then he takes a detour by way of the Palestine coast which is just a short boat ride from the Egyptian shore where hardly surprising for the time…. an Ethiopian king and queen also rule…. and the story continues from there.

NOTE ON TEXT — By Herodotus
” The common Greek tradition is that the Dorian kings as far back as Perseus the son of Danae are as they stand in the accepted Greek lists. ……If on the other hand we trace the ancestry of Danae, the daughter of Acrisius we find that the Dorian chieftains are genuine Egyptians. This is the accepted Greek version of the genealogy of the Spartan Royal house.” –Herodotus, –Privilidges of Spartan Kings Pg 406 Herodotus- the Historiess Penguin
Classsics.

All in all therefore, to even suggest that there are no Ethiopic strains to this Andromeda story is somewhat disingenuous. Such an attitude must be attributed to either deliberate attempts at obfuscation or worse….alarming ignorance among those who should know better.

Those who are putting forward the anti-ethiopic argument either have absolutely NO idea of the contents of the ancient literary classics. Or,they are engaging in yet another attempt to castrate old Chronos who by the way was known to be both a Titan as well as an Ethiop. It is Chronos who also came to be called Uranus. They need to understand that even the castration of Uranus has Ethiopic connections. .

Moreover the alleged castration is not necessarily metaphorical especially if as Robert Graves indicates it is very likely that:
” some of the victors in the battles for ancient Greece had originated in East Africa where, to this day, Galla warriors (of Ethiopia) carry a miniature sickle into battle to castrate their enemies; there are close affinities between East African religious rites and those of early Greece.”—Robert Graves

WHO IS ROBERT GRAVES?

Robert Graves was born in 1895 at Wimbledon, son of Alfred Perceval Graves, the Irish writer . He is probably best know for his top selling histroical novel ‘ I, Claudius.’ Graves translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek mythology “The Greek Myths.” Among his sources for this document were the
ancient writers Ovid, Homer, Philostratus, Aeschylus, Apollodorus,
Herodotus, Euripides, Hesiod, Strabo, Plato, Sophocles and Virgil …just to name a few.

A 1965 bibliography credits him with 114 different books: but the total is now over 120. His historical novels include: “Claudius the God,” ” Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth,” “Count Belisorius,” “Wife to Mr Milton,” Proceed, The Golden Fleece, They Hanged My Saintly Billy, “The Isles of Unwisdom.” . His two most discussed non-fiction books are “The White Goddess,” which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarene Gospel Restored which is a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961.

Best of luck.

AM

15 thoughts on “Black African Origin Of The Ancient Greeks (Part 3) – By Anu Mauro”

  1. it wouldnt suprise me at all if this is FYROMian propaganda

    i googled Anu Mauro and nothing comes up with that name except for this site, which makes this guys credibility questionable

    plus mauro in the greek alphabet translates to black…alittle coincidental

  2. PROPAGANDA maybe if you bothered to RESEARCH the references in Mauro’s piece instead of researching HIM in an attempt to discredit the messenger because you can’t disprove the message, you wouldn’t be so transparent. The Greeks themselves give credit to the Africans for much of their myth and culture. You can’t take modern racism and paint it on classical objectivity. Classical writers didn’t share your prejudice. It is what it is. Deal with it.

  3. It is PROPAGANDA and the Greeks do not credit the “Africans” because the term “African” did not exist until the time period of Roman rule and only to a specific N. African region. The ancient Greeks “gave credit” to the Egyptians for some of their supposed “myth and culture” but most of it is based on EUROPEAN GREEK myth and culture not native Egyptian. Its only been in recent times when Egyptologists are able to decrypt ancient Egyptian that it came to light most ancient Egyptian and Greek culture is very DIFFERENT not the same from one another.

  4. Yep it’s kinda hard to greeks that they have negro origin.. Life suck’s so do greece. But what is that gay gene in them(that’s odd, imagine 30%+ of man population to be gay.. they suck)?
    PROPAGANDA replied:
    “it wouldnt suprise me at all if this is FYROMian propaganda ”
    Yeah right like we care where u greeks are from… get real! Get a life! At least we know who are our ancestors.

  5. Slavs,

    1. You are not Greeks
    2. The Macedonians were Greeks
    1^2=> You are not Macedonians

    However many genetics reports you fabricate * to show the supposed African origin of Greeks, which to your racist mind equates with inferiority Note the Slav’s usage of the racist term “negro” and the typical antihellenic comment about Greek sexuality again using the word “gay” as if it were a pejorative term, which to his mind it probably is.

    Two more points

    * The pseudo-scientific study that the Slav missrepresenting himself with a Greek name alludes to has been widely discredited along with the scientist who working with FYROM government funds produced it.

  6. Macedonian is simply using this bullshit to his advantage, the warped view that the citizens of FYROM (bulgarians) hold….that they DIDNT arrive during the 6th century, like they did, despite all evidence pointing to that…it’s all that bullshit their government pumps into their school books, Alexander was Greek, history says so…oh…and he says so:

    Men of Athens… Had I not greatly AT HEART the COMMON welfare of GREECE I should not have come to tell you; but I AM MYSELF GREEK by descent, and I would not willingly see Greece exchange freedom for slavery. …If you prosper in this war, forget not to do something for my freedom; consider the risk I have run, out of zeal for the GREEK CAUSE, to acquaint you with what Mardonius intends, and to save you from being surprised by the barbarians. I am ALEXANDER of MACEDON.‘

    Culture theft : /

  7. but I AM MYSELF GREEK by descent..
    i like this part from “greeks”..
    your CV..
    http://my.opera.com/ancientmacedonia/blog/show.dml/462847
    http://my.opera.com/ancientmacedonia/blog/show.dml/462857
    http://my.opera.com/ancientmacedonia/blog/show.dml/463491
    http://my.opera.com/ancientmacedonia/blog/show.dml/463500
    http://my.opera.com/ancientmacedonia/blog/show.dml/466735
    THAT IT`S TRUTH..
    where you lost your “ancient beauty”?…
    you are descent of Africans and Turks..
    modern Macedonians are not Slavs.. pan-slavisam..
    and greek propaganda are so strong..
    but..
    we living in 21 cent..
    how you hide your RNA i your pics (faces)?..
    with euros?..
    dont be ashamed my yunanistanians friend..
    4.000 y. of African culture at Pelopones..
    it`s great deal..

  8. Fake ‘Makajekis’, you are a Slav European:

    ‘The primary defect of the Macedonian study is that the authors relied on a single genetic marker, the HLA-DRB1 gene, to determine the genetic closeness of a large number of ethnic groups from Africa, the Near East, and the Mediterranean. Commenting on the work of this research group, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza-probably the world’s leading expert on studies of this sort-and his colleagues stated, “Using results from the analysis of a single marker, particularly one likely to have undergone selection, for the purpose of reconstructing genealogies is unreliable and unacceptable practice in population genetics.”37 Indeed, when another research group attempted to replicate the analysis of the HLA-DRB1 allele distributions among Macedonians, they found that their closest relatives were-of all peoples-THE GREEKS, the very group from which the Macedonians have been attempting to distinguish themselves.40 As would be expected, Macedonians and Greeks clustered with other European populations on genetic maps, far from the aggregation of North African and sub-Saharan groups. Although these results have not stopped Macedonian nationalists from proclaiming their lineage superior to that of the Greeks, they effectively neutralize the earlier study, leaving Macedonians bereft of scientific support for their claims.’ – The Gene Wars: Diana Muir Appelbaum ; Paul S. Appelbaum

  9. “Perseus paused for refreshment at Chemmis in Egypt where he is still worshipped, and then flew on. As he rounded the coast of Philistia to the north, he caught sight of a naked woman chained to a sea-cliff and instantly fell in love with her. This was Andromeda, daughter of Cepheus the Ethiopian King of Joppa, and Cassiopeia”

    Herein lies a major geographical problem. If Perseus was going to Ethiopia in Africa he would have gone south. But he goes north to Aethiopia, specifically Joppa which is the present day city of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. One of the biggest misconceptions in classical literature is that mythological Aethiopia is somehow african when it was a Phoenician kingdom that is essentially within the modern day boundaries of Israel. From Joppa to Gaza.

  10. I suggest you all go to sacred-texts.com and download “wonderful Ethiopians” written in 1926, at least ten years research went into it. Then come back and comment! yOU WILL BE AMAZED!!!

  11. Furthermore: is Anu from the summrian Annunaki? Those who from heaven came? whom created the cloned race of crosbred annunaki with the hominoids who they called the blackheads. Zu-Lu meaning ‘mixed man’! or adamu!

  12. Everyone knows that todays Greeks are not the ancient ones. Nor were the anceint greeks black Africans for that matter. Ancient Greeks no longer exist. Their race died out long ago. They were however a white race.

    And before someone here jumps in with any Slavic nonsense the Croats are not Slavs. We are Dinarics.

  13. If Croats were not in part Slavs, the Slavs dind’t exist. It was definitely a word applied to some of the people who came to make up the ancestral Serbians and Croats (although the word Croat is supposed to have been derived from or etymologically related to Haruvat in Central Asians (originally dark haired Iranic peoples).

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