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an important factual presentation by me

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We will never know Cleopatra’s skin color. If you are looking for a definite female black Egyptian Pharaoh that was Hatshepsut. If you don’t know who that is maybe you should actually go learn a little Egyptian history.
Cleopatra was defiantly Greek on her father’s side. Alexander the Great marched his army into Egypt during his Persian conquest and was crowned Pharaoh. Upon his death Ptolemy, a fellow Greek, took the title. Cleopatra was the last ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Some have suggested that her mother might have been a native black Egyptian based on speculations about her half-sister’s remains but there is no way to determine ethnicity or skin color from a skeleton and we do not even know if this sister and Cleopatra shared the same mother.
Ultimately, Cleopatra was defiantly Greek. She might have been of mixed race but we will probably never know.

Please go research Hatshepsut, or Nefertiti, or the God’s Wives of Amun

Not just Greek, but Macedonian!  I’ve met Macedonians, and they didn’t much look like Tina Turner.  That’s today, though.  Who the hell knows what any peoples looked like, back in Ye Olden Times, on the other side of centuries of war, invasions, captivities, and migrations?  That said, “Egypt is in Africa, therefore Egyptians are black” is the most simpleminded thing I’ve ever heard.  Kinda racist, when you think about it… like all Africans are the same race?

Anyway, the whole idea of “whiteness” as an ethnic identity, is a relatively modern conceit.  It is one of the fundamental errors, to foist new thought upon ancient peoples (or to project Western values into Eastern cultures).  This is not to say that Egyptians or others didn’t have any notions of race… but their notions were (and remain) their own.  They do not coincide with ours.  

Look again at that painted panel, “can you see any caucasian people”. Looking without racial agenda, what you should notice about the colors of the figures is that:

  • all the men are painted in red ochre
  • all the women in yellow ochre

Egyptian art was highly regimented, in terms of poses, shapes, dimensions, color.  Everyone learned to draw things in just such-and-such a way, proportioned precisely to grid points, and not deviate.  It is most likely that the artist used those pigments for customary and symbolic reasons, rather than to signify race, or even necessarily to approximate skin tone outside of its relation to civil rank and duty.  

quick reading:

http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_Canon_as_pertain_to_Egyptian_sculpture

http://www.egyptianmyths.net/colors.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_ancient_Egypt#Symbolism

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