Greece and Egypt: How a Single Coin Reflects an Ancient and Enduring Relationship

African Head on a Greek Coin, ca. 450 BCE ©Private Collection, New York In the following article Mediterranean Antiquities historians Carol Thomas and David Coblentz, use an African-headed Greek coin to explore the little known yet often controversially debated historical relationship between Ancient Greece and … Read MoreGreece and Egypt: How a Single Coin Reflects an Ancient and Enduring Relationship

25th Dynasty, Ancient Egypt (ca. 746 BC to 653 BC)

The 25th Dynasty refers to the kings of Kush (which included Nubia) who ruled all or part of Egypt from around 746 to 653 BC. This period parallels the Egyptian Third Intermediate Period (1070-653 BC). The Kushite kings of this period considered themselves the bodily … Read More25th Dynasty, Ancient Egypt (ca. 746 BC to 653 BC)

Ancient Kush (2nd millennium B.C. – 4th century A.D.)

The Kingdom of Kush with its three major cities of Meroe, Kerma, and Napata, emerged in the Nubian Desert south of Egypt along the Upper Nile River Valley from the 2nd millennium B.C. to the fourth century A.D.  Archaeology, architecture, art, and burials provide the most … Read MoreAncient Kush (2nd millennium B.C. – 4th century A.D.)

Roman Slavery and the Question of Race

Marble Statue of Possible African Slave in Rome Most historians of the Roman world have decoupled the concepts of bondage and race that are central to the arguments justifying the enslavement of millions of people in the United States and other modern western nations. Instead … Read MoreRoman Slavery and the Question of Race