Post by Deleted on Mar 18, 2016 12:38:55 GMT -5
Note how Afrocentrists just ignore the evidence in front of them. Talk about subjectivity. In this recent thread on Egyptsearch, we have the following:
With this, Athena touched him [Odysseus] with her golden wand. A well-washed cloak and a tunic she first of all cast about his breast, and she increased his stature and his youthful bloom. Once more he grew dark of color [melanchroiês], and his cheeks filled out, and dark grew the beard about his chin.
In describing the skin tone of Odysseus, Homer used the word melanchroiês – a form of the same word that other Greeks sometimes chose to describe Egyptians, and one that is the source of much Afrocentric misunderstanding. If taken literally, the word would mean "black-skinned"; however, it is clear from the context that Homer means "of swarthy complexion" rather than racially "black," and intends to describe Odysseus regaining his youthful color. Otherwise we would have to assume that during the process of rejuvenation Odysseus transformed into a black African! This despite the numerous ancient artistic portrayals of Odysseus as Greek-looking and certainly not "black" in any modern racial sense.
All the Afrocentricss in this thread, don't pay any attention to this. The earliest classical source to mention melanchroes (or melanchroies) is Homer's Odyssey. Yet for Homer, it describes no darker than a suntan in Mediterranean climate, not "black skin":
"Athena rejuvenates him after temporary old age he receives a melanchroies 'dark' skin and a kuaneai 'dark' beard (16.175, 16.176). As for the rejuvenated Odysseus finding his skin darker, this merely indicates the suntan of active Greek men (Handschur 1970: 164, 210)." (Day, 2001)
Plutarch, uses melanchroes to describe a Syrian:
"There were in Corinth four brothers, Syrians by race, one of whom, Diocles by name, was serving as a mercenary soldier in the citadel
Now the enterprise was dangerous in itself, but was made more dangerous still by a mistake which occurred at the very beginning through ignorance. For Technon, the servant of Aratus, had been sent to inspect the wall with Diocles, and had not yet met Diocles face to face, but thought he would know how he looked because Erginus had described him as curly-haired, of a swarthy complexion, and without a beard."
This is the complexion Plutarch was describing:
Obviously not black skin. No doubt melanchroes was used by ancient Greeks to describe darker shades of brown. However Afrocentrics totally ignore it was used to describe light brown complexions (as light as a Mediterranean sun-tan) which are not "black".