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. As sure as the sun rise, The children of the Sun must rise again. Critical reasoning is lost on anybody who is fed on the myth of his superiority. The only Egyptian tomb found intact was that of Tuthankhamun. There was two life style statues of him in his full regalia both as a King of peace and War. It was painted charcoal black. On his throne the picture of him and his wife , black. On his walking sticks/ staff of office were depicted all the races of mankind known , it was inclusive as well as intructive. He had himself painted in the same shade and colour charcoal black like his nubian subjects.Race is not a term any african use to designate themselves . They refer to tribes , which is a form of nationality, not race. The present inhabitants of north Africa came in in 640-641 AD. and they know it. The fact that they are called semites is intresting. What does the word semi, mean. Half , Half of what?. I think we all know the answer. There descendant in the 3rd and 4th generation are the quassi population of the entire meditaranean. I can understand their desire not to be identified with the african part of themselves, it is understandable but not true. The olive skin, jet black air, the pear shape of the women ‘steothyphygia ‘ ( big bottom and hips ). the modified thick lips and nose are the traditional markers of their ancestry. I always try to apply my thinking to two example that are familiar to us. The current US president, we call his black because he is really half black or half black. the former is not recognised in reality as he said in his own words, can’t catch a cab in New-York, and know where my hair is cut, and when am at functions am still asked for the drinks.His choice in marrying a wife shows his identification with his blackness,his education showed him the reality of the situation. He could have married the usual suspects but refused. A true son of Africa .

  2. White people need stop the “black denial” baloney. Blacks being the FIRST people on earth populated its four corners hundreds of thousands of years before Jesus, Columbus or any white colony. Whites evolved in the Caucasus Mountains from Black Albinos. According to science, white and albino is one in the same — recessive mutation of the black gene. All myths, legends, gods, goddesses, avatars and messiahs were Black. The first civilizations around the globe were Black: Ankgor Wat (Cambodia), Egyptians, Chinese dynasties (Xia, Shang-yi and Zhou), Mesoamerica (Mandinka-Shi/Olmecs and Mayas), Americas (Washitaw Nation, Califas, Caribs, Pequots), Nubians, Mesopotamians, Europeans, and Greeks/Romans. White His-story is full of lies. Modern science and evidence disputes white history, which was forged during the Renaissance Period. Black is the dominant race (science) and thus whites have created implants (lips, hips, buttocks), tanning lotions and anti-aging creams to feel NORMAL. Albinism symptoms include pale skin, light eyes and hair, early aging, infertility, low birth rate, weakened immune, genetic disorders, and many other genetic defects. This is science not racism. Listen, Learn, Research and Know the TRUTH. In 1993, the United States returned 68,000 acres of the Washitaw original 1-million-square-mile territory. Blacks are indigenous to the Americas.

    1. while Caucasians are from african decent it has nothing to do with being albino,if you really had learnt about this,you would know the caucus mountains are near the middle east,so it was more like lighter skinned people not white,with blue or green eyes showing up there,then as Caucasians moved to colder climates they got paler,albinos all have light sensitivity,and generally have bad eye sight,that is actual science,.

    2. so true blackmatter, in scientific reality the caucasion is the evolved child of the african man. as the grimaldi(black) moved to colder climates he eventually gave way to the cro-magnun(white) man. and as the cromagnun came to interbreed with the grimaldi they gave rise to the chancellade(asian).

        1. Physiclly inferior? Whites constantly win the worlds strongest man competitions. They were created to be warriors. That’s why they are violent. We let loose a plague.

          1. Well history x, I can see you don’t know your history and i clearly understand your foolish unsupported narrative about being white warrior. Surely, I cannot see how being white implies strengthen, when all gladiators of Italy and Spartans of greco-cretan were blacks. When they built Britain, colossuem, pyramids, white house, great wall of China, the leuve and are at present in charge of your welfare directly, while your have the comfort of getting waste with fatty food, alcohol and drugs on weekends. Please read 250 books in history, anthropology and archaeology before replying to this piece. Next time please base your statement on factual materials not emotions, prejudice nor vague words.

          2. FYI! The poorest countries in the world is America and European nations. Blacks are sustaining the world economies by the wealthiest and richest continent and countries in Africa. Know your stuff or embarrass yourself.

          3. I can’t beleive this comment. “Worlds Strongest Man” competition. Lmaoo. You have to be crazy if you think White folks are physically stronger than Black folks. You guys win wars because whites know they aren’t physically stronger than black folks and decided to create tools and instruments of death.. guns, cannons, ships with guns and etc. You guy will always have to cheat. It’s known facts all throughout history in every aspect.

        2. It cannot. It can only die off. The Whites are not the fittest, thus they can not survive without intermarriage with Black folk dominant DNA.

    3. While much black influence and wisdom has been erased or forgotten, your ideas have no basis in either history or science. The Renaissance whitewashed history, but your random application of blackness to everything is as ignorant as it is demeaning to other peoples of color.

  3. It is a shame that those of darker pigmentation have lost the standard of civilisation they claim to have created. Those with the knowledge and understanding need not argue facts with the ignorant, or you will become like them. They have become the planets parasites, and given time they will nurse the teet dry drying up like leaves.

    1. It wasnt lost it was taken from us by theives who flung us in cages and shakles. Although we have a physical capacity far superior to any white man that wasnt our main focus, being one with the world and our spirt was our thing in ancient times, before you say “why didnt you fight back”. The white man has spent his whole history creating ways to kill and defeat anybody and everything. They have enslaved every animal on the planet for food. They have destroyed civilisations created machines that will lead to the end of the world. They have created a system that suits only them and favours only them

    2. Sisiphus, you claimed knowledge and understanding, material of facts and people of darker pigmentation being parasite.

      1) What material fact do you have that suggests white physical superiority on the earth, be it in so-called Egypt, Mesopotamia, Grecian, Romani, America or Africa?

      2) Dark-skinned people never lost their civilisations. It was stolen by your musderous, criminal and satanic race.

      3) America and Europe are proceeds of crime. Hence will be recovered, confiscated and redistributed amongst nations. So come off your illusory delusion and resign to the fact that China, Iran /Iraq, Egypt, Britain and even so-called Israeli recognised dark people as their ancestors. Very so America and the rest of Europe will find themselves at the receiving end if you don’t change your abhorrent attitude against people darker than you. When third world war breaks dark people will decide your fate. It is prophesied in the bible.

  4. I discovered this site by accident. I just love it. You all act like Internet race warriors. Black civilization vs white civilization. So what? Civilizations are founded by great people. It has nothing to do with the color of skin or continent of origin. What are continents, anyway? Myths or better cards of the world geopolitical power game. Eurocentrism is as bad as Afrocentrism. There is not a single definition of blackness or whiteness. There are populations of both African and European descent or Asian and African descent. Why fight over whom is responsible for founding this or that civilization? It does not really matter anyway. People who quarrel over such matter have an inferiority complex. It is clear that ancient Egyptians were neither Anglo-saxons nor Kongo. Ancient Romans were simply Roman. Why motivates someone to put a “racial label” on ancient civilizations or nations.

    1. Please read: What (instead of why) motivates someone to put a “racial label” on ancient civilizations or nations?

    2. If civilization really didn’t have anything to do with color of skin, I don’t think caucasians would have gone to so great length as to whitewash the archeological artefacts proving ancient black civilizations. Believe me, if they(you) could, you would certainly carve the olmec giant heads in order to make them look like caucasians. This website is not about afrocentrism, it’s about Truthcentrism. The fact that you don’t recognize this just shows that you “do suffer” from a superiority complex. Whay shouldn’t people teach their children about who theri forefathers were? American Caucasians until today are still very proud to talk about their founding fathers, even though they were bloody murders that cheat, rob and kill millions of indians…That’s just incredible.

    3. I like to argue over the fact becuse you never hear about black people doing anything constructive in the ancient time when in fact WE done it all first. only a white person would say why argue.


    5. Yes I agree white and black are the same black people didn’t not create white and white didn’t create black we are human that came from different area of the world then when roman came we got along unlike American so you and I can agree

  5. it matters greatly that the truth be known. for to long history have denied the real history and greatness of the black man and woman. so wake up and accept what is real and truthfull. truth thrust to the earth will rise again because lies cannot and will endure forever.

  6. to lie about where they came from,how thy got on the planet from fake heaven adam eve atom an wombman is not fom mans ribs lies ,to hide that he muurs were nobles who raised europe into civilization ,,, ask the bible your own qustion ,its the ones who say they white who are not because of the red ruddy skin who lie,.in america coor of law is a scam ageed to by the people un knowingly .the history books said first they were white they lied an the cause creates the effect simple metaphysics,in europe white was a status not race of land lords owners of lands nobles kings queens rulers of the land ,,freeholder,,,,,,,,,,,,,they bought it over here as race by skin man made to rule the masses dumb down the classes as to the fraud , of color of law,,muurs were white but were the people caled blak today an that has to be hidden that people arent white by skin n the common law but 13 14 amendment only which isnt ver old they only een white since 1863 but ancient thisng wre altered to be micalled white people when in fact it was te people mis called black the muurs ,,since the mus raised the albion masons of europe an were the rulers of europe ,,,,,,,,,,,first they had to create the negro/necro who came only as a slave from africa in 1500s on slave ship jesus instead of civilizing europe as muurs two different positions in hizzztory one low the other high raising euroeans into ffree masonry the proper perpendicular an not getting th credit due with the negro slave from africa only ,,romans were from akebulan /africa also thy were muurs ,study the muurs masons still wear our fez an shriners ask why to that an your question will be answered

  7. I am from an African country where 10 million died and thousands maimed (hands and feet chopped) because of the extreme cruelty and greed of a European King. It is still painful although it happened in 19th and early 20th century. I do not hate Europeans at all but I strongly believe that Eurocentrism is to blame for what happened to my ancestors. Who created the racist ideology of Eurocentrism? Not all Europeans but their Establishment backed by the Catholic Church. It is true that contributions and achievements of Africans and Afro-descendants have been ignored, discredited or hidden just to justify the Word White Supremacy and institutionalized racism against “so called” black people. The truth is History is written by winners and rewritten by conquerors. This is the typical scenario of a total conquest. Men are killed or enslaved. Women are raped and the land is stolen. A hybrid population emerges. Conquerors take the identity and/or heritage of the people they conquer. History is rewritten.

    Africa has been conquered by European and Asian conquerors so many times. Some portions of land (southern Europe, Western Asia) previously inhabited by “so called black” people have been conquered by “so called” white people over thousands of years. It has been hidden for political and ideological reasons. But the past is past. We should learn from History and not use it to hate or condemn every single “white” person. It is the responsibility of African and Afro-descendant historians to discover the truth but also to act and react without hatred towards “white “people.
    History is always been part of the political game. I prefer to learn old traditions and ancient religions. They tell so much about what happened in the past more than history books.

    1. I agree, I’m always searching for authentic old traditions and ancient religions/ways of life. After meeting so many different people from all kinds of backgrounds, they’re all “tainted” with White man’s religion. None of the natives believe in their ancient religion/or way of life due to fear of being harrassed, social outcast, etc.

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