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.

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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. LOL this is hilarious. In another article that mentioned original Arabs as blacks, I said “whats next, are you guys going to make claims that Romans were black too?”… I guess my prediction came correct, LMAO. This is downright hilarious. These rastafarians claim Black kings ruled Scotland, blacks made the Roman Empire and blacks were the original Arabs. Its hilarious and stupid at the same time. Ive never seen such ignorance in my life, people trying to distort the truth in order to make the black race look more superior than the others. Its called “stealing the glory from other people” and thats exactly what rastafarians are doing. Keep lying to yourselves. North Africans were white, and never needed to be black. Think of it from a scientific perspective, theres no need to have a black pigment in your DNA if youre living in North Africa. Blacks became black because they moved to central Africa where the sun shines at a 90 degree angle all year round. Now they are trying to prove black presence in every known civilization on Earth. I wont be surprised if blacks start claiming the Chinese Empire as their own.

    1. My friend you are Really Stupid, Arabs are Blacks, what do you think Sudanese are?, what was Laurence of Arabia all about you dumb shit, all Arabs have always been black until white European F+++ed you all and gave you sperm and made you brown and confused about your self. Mohammad Only African wear breads in their hair and we are still doing this today, look at the Egyptians back in the day all beaded hair. This is the same effect, on the Indian population, now they are claiming that they are Aryans, and brown.(brown is dirt brown is the colour of shit, i am sure that your mum told you not to play in that dirt brown mud, don’t dis the blackness ) You should not be commenting on thing that, goes beyond understanding, it make you really thick. You should have studied when you went to school instead off been ashamed of your blackness.
      You only get brown People from mixed race you fool, and that is only from Africans and Europeans. and of the other black race Indians in Asia. there are 2 black race and 2 white race, African (THIS INCLUDES ARABS and Asian from the Indian sub Continent, the whites are Europeans and Oriental Asians. you need to read more about your self . This is white mans fact you can read this any where you choose to look. My friend you truly don’t know what you are talking about. North Africa is the hottest place in Africa. Google it. You should change your Name to Tony please Don,t insult the name Mohammad, if you are truly Mohammad you should not make your self look so stupid. The Europeans said that they came to Africa in the 1450, these where the Portuguese and from this they all came to party, this is European history(SO IF THIS IS THE CASE WHAT WHITES ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT DUMSHIT, i take it you have not been to Europe or read their history?. So if they did not come to Africa until this date where did these white north African come from? space? Mohammad if you want to know about people look at the way they dress from past till today and you will have understanding of your self and your blackness. This is why Gaddafi is the only Arab African, he always dress in traditional African robe, have a look for your self. He is not ashamed of his blackness like you are. If you Arabs are not Blacks why does Europeans Address you as Sand Niggers? Sand is brown my friend, and like i told you brown come from white and black people mixing. Boy you are real stupid, Nearly all the Roman that went to Scotland where black Africans, this is documented in European History you fool. how can you dispute such things, this is why the Irish where called the blacks of Europe. you truly need to read more. It seem that you are the one, that is partially educated. Please stop it you are making Arabs dumshits. About the Kings Of Scotland this is as you put it look at it from a scientific perspective, Queen Victoria,s grand Mother was a black African, and the Current Queen of England as a Cousin that lives in South Africa today. Please look up Queen Charlette Sophie.

      Mohammad i take that your a Muslim? and that you read the Koran?. Did Allaha not send the angels to all four corners of the world to collect the dirt?. to make man where do you find white Dirt in the world?.

      from scientific perspective if the scientific People are saying that life started in East Africa then Mohammad, they must have reach north Africa and Arabia before they reach Europe and the rest of the world, look where north Africa and Arabia is Mohammad on a world map. Mohammad you should be ashamed of your self and not your Blackness.
      Have fun Brother i shall pray for you today, that Allah should make you educated Inshallah.

      Brother i have enlighten you today, move forward with this and you will not be ashamed of your self and your blackness and begging to be white. I bet that you are one of those Arab’s that claim that they hate the West? but at the same time desperate to be a white.
      yes African are truly great, look at all your sporting icon and music icon where are the Arabas as put it. It seems that only 3 thing came from Arabia? Mohammad pbh Koran and oil. you have not done much to help the world then? no just jesting with you.

      Power to the blackness.

  2. Muha-madder

    That article on Black Romans came from BBC-News site. It was written by Europeans as a historical record.

    Your Islamo-facist mind does not see that, rather in your impotent jealousy you would rather that the History of African people be hidden away.

    But, yes, this article was written by highly educated European who should know better according to you, than listen to RastafarI stories.

    Muhamud you little Islamo-facist troll, Rasta never wrote the article above…your white masters did. It came from BBC!!!

    Search for it on BBC News website.

    Muha-muddy you pitiful wretched terrorist, here is a link for Black Chinese written by Chinese Professor based in Peking Prof Jin Li:


    1. I forgot to mention this idiot doesnt know about black romans and black chinese. Dugh you never heard of the XI dynasty stupid towel head nigga. real australians (aboriginals) are black too

  3. Its funny how you start namecalling people when you lose your temper, I guess its a common habit of the originals of this planet. Haha. Wheres the link to this article, it doesnt seem to be working anymore or was it made up by the pro-rastafarians? Another funny thing, if it was written by my “white masters” then why are you believing their stories? Maybe the article writer had is wrong.. haha it just proves how hypocrtical you are.

  4. Jahdey….

    Poor, poor ignorant blackie…So eager to etch your place in the civilised world, yet you niggers do it on the backs of others. You notice that if you really want to start the name calling I will, nigger. If you want to discuss the FACTS, I will do that too.

    The bulk of the population of Roman Africa was invariably composed of three chief elements: the indigenous Berber tribes ( ), the ancient Carthaginians of Phoenician origin and the Roman colonists. The Berber tribes, whose racial unity is attested by their common spoken language and by the comparatively numerous Berber inscriptions that have come down to us, bore in ancient times the generic names of Numidians, Gaetulians and Moors or Maurusiani. Herodotus mentions a great number of these tribes. During the Roman period, according to Pliny, there were settlements of 26 indigenous tribes extending from the Ampsaga as far as Cyrenaica. The much more detailed list of Ptolemy enumerates 39 indigenous tribes in the province of Africa and 25 in Mauretania Caesariensis. Ammianus Marcellinus, Procopius and Flavius Cresconius Corippus give still further names. Besides the Afri (Aourigha) of the territory of Carthage, the principal tribes that took part in the wars against the Romans were the Lotophagi, the Garamantes, the Maces, the Nasamones in the regions of the S.E., the Misulani or Musulamii (whence the name Mussulman), the Massyli and the Massaesyli in the E., who were neighbours of the Moors. The non-nomads of these Libyan tribes dwelt in huts made of stakes supporting plaited mats of rush or asphodel. These dwellings, which were called mapalia, are the modern gourbis. African epigraphy has revealed the names of some of their deities: deus invictus Aulisva; the god Motmanius, associated with Mercury; the god Lilleus; Baldir Augustus; Kautus pater; the goddess Gilva, identified with Tellus, and Ifru Augustus (Tissot i. 486). The Johannis of Corippus mentions three native divinities: Sinifere, Mastiman and Gurzil. There were also local divinities in all the principal districts. The rock bas-reliefs and other monuments showing native divinities are rare, and give only very summary representations. Dolmens, however, occur in great numbers in Tunisia and the province of Constantine. Tumuli, too, are found throughout northern Africa, the”most celebrated being that near Cherchel, the Kubr-er-Rumia (” tomb of the Christian lady “), which was regarded by Pomponius Mela as the royal burying-place of the kings of Numidia.

    None of those people were Sub-Saharan niggers…fool

  5. TheTruth aka Pinkie Arse

    It appears you are just half educated. A half baked pink-white trash is the most poisonous piece of junk that defaces earth. But more later.

    Your attempt at intellectual posturing leaves me feeling even more sorry for your pink arse. Why? Because you do not understand that the sources you just cited, the cities and regions you just named and the etymology of the names you just referenced all indicate the noble Moor whom jealous bums like you would call Niggers. Niggaz was a good man.

    Africa is one continent and the sooner you understand that it is one big giant land mass the better for you.

    Africans live in Africa and they are all brown skinned in fact. Various shades of brown but brown still, yet brown. Very radically different from your pale pink hairy arse.

    Call them sub-saharans, call them supra-saharans, call them hamites or niggaz or whatever euphemism you please, the unity of our continent is written in blood and DNA, written in language and culture, written in our history, established by its music and religion, written in huge stone boulders. The Spinx of Egypty was a niggaz too.

    Rich westerners who have been to good and exclusive schools and have trained in the classic arts and philosophy all understand and acknowledge the pre-eminence of ancient so called Black Africans (so-called today) whose true names are the noble Moors.

    Europe learned science, and culture from the Noble Moors. Go search for the works of the best and most famous European painters like Rosseau, then you will see that your masters of the yore, the Noble Moors, are those whom you so cavalierly term the Niggaz of today.

    But I have seen the light. I am dark and beautiful. Noble Moor. Rastafari. Your Master from Yore to Eternity. I know you feel I vibes!

    Thatz the real truth. Remember this, pinkie, remember this!


  6. HAHA! Again, your niggar-ese can’t comprehend that I realize that some of these people were African, just as the Ancient Egyptians were Africans, yet they were not the negroid race, buck nigger of Sub-Saharan African. Is that a little too hard for that inferior brain to understand? I CLEARLY pointed out that they were not SUB-SAHARAN Africans. If you really believe that Northern Africans are Sub-Saharan Africans, travel over to Egypt as I have, walk up to any Egyptian, as I have, and ask him or her if they are African. You will probably find your nigger ass strung up. Do you know why? Egyptians, and most other Northern African’s despise the Sub-Saharan African. “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. Their words for counting consisted of one, two, few, and many, though some tribes could count to seven by combining twos and ones.”

    There are three main races: “Mongoloids”, “Caucasoids” and “Negroids”…The former, Asians, N. Africans and Middle Easterners, having the largest of brains and higher average IQ’s…And the latter, negroids, Sub-Saharan Africans, have the smallest brains and lowest IQ’s.

    Yet you dumb niggers want the world to believe that the TRUE Black Sub-Saharan nigger, somehow built the pyramids, invented mathamatics and developed what would one day be the civilized world, yet you niggers decided you had had enough, wnet back to Sub-Saharan Africa, sat on your asses, invented nothing, not even a written language and now beg for everything the rest of the world creates on it’s own?
    Now THAT is one dumb nigger…nigger

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