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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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. Hi Wallace, I would like to give you a thumb up for your comment. I would also like to add a little insight that might seem really weird as for the origin of Caucasians. They are the illegetimate offspring of Lucifer. If anyone needs a proof of that, just take a look at all the man-made slaughters in recorded history. You will realize they were carried out by Caucasians. World war 1 and 2, the aborigines in the us, in australia, the slave trade, the crusades, the current world crisis, the list goes on and on. For those of you who believe in the Bible, just check and you will realize that Abel and Cain didnt have the same father. The first was Adam son and the latter lucifer’s(heteropaternal superfecundation); and since the begining caucasians have been murderers and liars; The craziest thing about all this is that, their wickedness is so strong that they are able to oppress a people, and at the same time blame and despise the same people for being oppressed… Quite insane.
    PS1: No generalization; only a general tendency based on historical facts that each one of you can verify. Of course not all caucasians are evil. Here’s the real axis of evil: France, Usa, Australia, Belgium, Spain, Netherland, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland,Germany.
    PS2:As long as this world will be governed by satan and his people, we shall always experience what western caucasians are best at: oppresion, murders, lies.
    PS3: Western caucasians= the 10 above-mentioned countries.

    1. “The craziest thing about all this is that, their wickedness is so strong that they are able to oppress a people, and at the same time blame and despise the same people for being oppressed… Quite insane.” I agree with all that you have stated 100%. And not only that, they will ignore their own history of rape, war and genocide. I don’t know if they are a race of devils but many do behave that way and I do believe for the most part their wickedness cause them to be delusional.

  2. I’ve got news for you all. Septimius Severus wasn’t black; he was North African. At most, he looked Arabic and Mediterranean. I’m not saying this as part of some anti-black agenda. My only agenda is against the misrepresentation of information used here in order to claim that one of the Rome’s emperors was black. To do so – seemingly to drum up publicity for, and add weight to, black history month – is extremely bad practice.

    1. Lol. Man shut up. Your comment is pathetic. All the so called north Africans did not exist until white people came to Europe. They are a result of intermixing between the indigenous African population and white people. In the times of Septimus Severus,; less than 1% would have been mixed like Current North Africans are. Study your history before making a dumb comment man.

    2. You conveniently forget ir maybe you are not aware of the fact that white people are not indegenous to Europe. They arrived there quite late actually. By then Europe already had kingdoms and cities and castles. I suggest you study the writings from Egypt and you will discover when they arrived in Europe and in what state they were when they arrived.

    3. What are you saying? North America was always a white society. As far as history, North Africa was predominantly Black until Vandals, Barbary Slave trade, as well as the arrival of the Islams from Minor Asia around 800 A.D. Your logics makes no sense to me. It’s like saying that North America was occupied by White people 2000 years ago. Mass migration including other factors can change the face of a region.

  3. bring ur evidence matthew he was a moor ,noble moor,,,,,wheres ur news , michael angelo repainted all ,rome was called maur first.this evidence is from europe ,is your from america.your news is the same shock denial of those who wont let that illusionary 30 degree freezing aryan spell age go,use the word moor an go from there. saying he wasnt black but was north african an ruled england much farther north theen rome how long had it been called africa ,he is the ruler when scipio africaanus takes carthage with num,idians an takes down hannible an changes akebulan to africa in hizzzztory,193-2011,7 years called africa only so when he waas born it wasnt called africa yet ,ruling england from north aKEBULAN bloodline speaks for itself AS DOES AFRICA ,WHEN U CLAIM RED RUDDY RULED ROME BEFORRE 204 WITHOUT BEING MULATTOES AT LEAST OR AFTER.THERE WAS NO JULIUS[JULY] CEASAR CAUSE IT WAS NO J,SO YOU SEE IULIUS AN THIS WAS LUCIUS SEPTIMUS SEVEREUS = LUCIAS[ VII]-7 SERIOUS,,THEY WERE MOORS WHO RAISED EUROPEAN SONS ,H

  4. All races stem from the black race and if the white race wasn’t so barbaric they would accept they are our cousins and make peace. But no one shld say blacks shldnt want to knw there history because if history wasn’t so important than why steal it?

  5. OMG! I was just talking to someone about the subject of the “lost” blacks in history. As someone who’s already been reading up on Black Africans and their significant role in European History, this news does not surprise me, there is tons of info out there available to willing minds that will speak the truth about the history of this world and a great number of them are white so this isn’t a BLACK thing, it’s a truth thing and restoring dignity to a people that have been through so much throughout history. Pretty much Africans influenced MOST to ALL of Roman, Grecian, and other cultures with the help of Asiatic influences as well. Unfortunately alot of our history and significant black historical figures have been stolen and put to “white face”. Notice how even if the historical figure was born raised and decendent of Africans he or she is still portrayed as white, (Cleopatra, Hannibal etc.) in everything from our television shows to wikepedia. The only cure for this is to READ READ and READ some more. Dont rely on someone telling you something or an image you see on televeision. Even Alot of Greek historians acknowledged our presence and contribution. It grinds my gears to see White people playing Egyptians or North Africans, even with the walls of the great pyramids heavily decorated with BROWN and BLACK faces and bodies (lighskin, darkskin) egyptians are still primarily played by white people in our cinema. Its the equivilent of someone 1000 years from now saying Africa was A white continent because places like South Africa have a heavy white population NOW.. P.S they are NOT from Africa, they go there on missionary and business missions they occupy the land and, have families and live there for generations, but that will NEVER make them African or af African Descent similar to Romans ages ago going everywhere plating their flag, conquering exotic peoples and claiming foreign territories.

    1. Hannible was from the northern type of africa he was caucasin FACT caucasin does not mean whit ein iclude europeans,north africans,mid easterns, and south asians cleopatra was not black she was half Greek which is caucasin and half egyptien which is caucasin the ROMANS AND GREEKS where white and part mid eastern and remember mid eastern is also caucasin black people in east africa did have a influce on early human civlization but not the biggest the biggect influnce was mdi eastern people who hav emainly ydna j they are a ethnic group by dna maybe u should call them semetic the romans and greeks learned civlization from themselves and mid easterns

      THE EGYPTIENS WHERE NOT BLACK look at egypten art the vats majority are brown 25,000 year old skull the AFLOU man in north africa was caucasin 12,000 year old dna from north africa including egypt was all caucasingroup H and U like north africans today africa does not mean black north africa are not black ok so when ever u hear africa think what part of africa sub sahra is black the moors where not black moors still exsist today about all are in north africa and they are caucasin ancient paintigs or moors show they where caucasin some where black very few because the moors inter married some moor people do live in sub sahra africa and are black becaus ethey inter married those are not the ones that went into spain

      Blacks do have a part in early ciblization but not like what u say every race of people claims their people did everything and is the best well everyone cant be the creater of civilization it is more complicated if any one it is mid easterns who did it the east african black s where defintley connected to early civliztion 6,000 year old bones in sumeria syria show mainly caucasin mtdna groups like mid eastern today but a few had sub sahern black haplogoup L2a which is mainly in sudan which shows they where connced with sumerians there was even one bone that had east asian siberian mtdna moses wife in the bible was ethopien the egyptiens knew who black people where and had alot of contact with them they the nubiens, cushites and ethopeins where just ordinary countries and where aprt of the early civlization but not like what u say

      when it turned out king tut has ydna R1b M269 which is a western european version of r1b and only in europe people called it a raciest lie but when Ramuses 111 turned out to have ydna E1b1a which is the most popular group for african americans people where like wow thats cool many north africans today have ydna E1b1a Ramses was not balck look at his paintigs he has stright hair and brown skin but he probably was part black

  6. this is pathetic the romans where white its a fact look at the statues face it looks like a white person sure they made his hair curley looking that was the sytle ask any non africentric expert he would tell that person was european look at 99.9% of yroman art they are all european looking sure romans did have alot of mid eastern blood thats how those non european haplogroups got into england i am sick if hearing the EGYPTIENS WHERE NOT BLACK THE BERBERS WHERE AND ARE NOT BLACK THE MOORS WHERE AND ARE NOT BLACK sure some of the moors who could have been imigrants from sub sahra africa where black but the majority where not the NUBIANS,CUSHITEs, AND ETHOPIENS WHERE BLACK and they did have a impact on the ancient world in nubia today the most poular ydn ahaplogroup is J which is a mid easterngroup showing they inter married 6,000 year old remains in sumeria syria show mixed syrian and black people the ancient black people in east africa where definitley a prt of the begging of human civlization the greeks and romans knew who black people where so did the jews but the romans,egypteins,greeks,sumerians,jews where not black maybe some egypteins where part balck but native egyptiens where not hannible was not black he was north african north afrivan does not mean black north africans are most closely related to europeans and mid eastern they are apart of the caucasin race and caucasins are native to north africa they did ot arrve their like 10,000 years ago the AFLLOU man is a 25,000 year old caucasin skull in north africa and 12,000 year old remains in north africa showed that all of the people belonged to caucasin mtdna groups H and U likenorth africans today

    u cant really tell if someone is black by their leg bone maybe the skull and westafricans including african americans are very diff from east africans like sudanes the type of sub sahren africans romans knew where not west african they where east african uU HAVE NO EVIDENCE AND TEHRE ARE NO WRITTEN RECORDS OF BLACK ROMAN SOLDIERS MOST WHERE ITALIEN LATER SOME WHERE GERMAN AND SYRIAN OR EGYPTEINS WHICH IS NOT BLACK

    1. And what defines a Caucasian? Every black skinned person I have ever met from the middle east and north africa is a Caucasian? So then, did these black skinned people move out of the caucasus mountains into north Africa and the middle east while the pink skinned ones moved to Europe? if i understand correctly, pale face Europeans concocting a two race theory? One race of caucasian/white which includes everyone who can proclaim their genetics above the Sahara desert and anything below the desert is black African and thus subhuman, so in actuality, pale pink face Europeans cannot accept there were more advanced civilizations than themselves who did not have pink faces so to get around that they changed the definition of caucasian to include the brown/black skinned people north
      of the Sahara. this another example of pale face insecurities. Are far east Asians caucasians, too?

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