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Since the original article has since been deleted (I can’t imagine why…), you can still view it here.

While ancient Egyptians were, by all accounts, black, the fact remains that their civilization was under foreign rule for the last 340 years before its collapse.  There are literally numerous funerary coffins from that time period—different from a traditional Egyptian sarcophagus—that bore portraits depicting the person inside.  These are referred to as Fayum mummy portraits.  They are clearly a departure from Egyptian practices and artwork, and are considered as direct Roman influence, so yes:  There is quite a lot of evidence as to the Greek and Roman occupation of Egypt.

As for Cleopatra, even her name is of Greek origin.  As mentioned above, she was part of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Greek rulers that served as Egyptian pharaohsThe land would be later ruled over by Romans, Arabs, and Muslims.  It is not known who her mother is, but it is speculated that even her mother may have been part Macedonian, and not fully Egyptian, thus putting even the suggested quarter of Egyptian heritage into question.  While both queens Hapshetsut and Nefertiti were of pure Egyptian lineage, Cleopatra was not.

For further reading:

http://www.womenintheancientworld.com/cleopatra.htm

http://www.webexhibits.org/pigments/intro/antiquity.html

http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Greek_Period.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemaic_Kingdom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeks_in_Egypt

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/regy/hd_regy.htm

http://www.egypt-tehuti.org/articles/greeks-in-ancient-egypt.html

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_research_catalogues/ng/naukratis_greeks_in_egypt/introduction/greek%E2%80%93egyptian_relations.aspx

Or, if you’d like even more information, I’m pretty sure I’ve got a few books around here on the subject…

But seriously:  Please do not make a post about the history of anything unless you are knowledgeable enough about it that you are not presenting a false account of someone else’s civilization.

THANK GOD SOMEONE DID THIS!!! ITS BEEN IRRITATING ME FOR WEEKS!!

Every time I tried to correct it I got so completely and utterly fed up and frustrated I had to turn the computer off.

lets all fact check before we hit that submit button??

I want everything on that shelve.

And let’s not forget that around the beginning of pharaonic egypt, the people were very likely mostly Black, but as time went on and Egypt started trade with other cultures, they had more interaction with other Ancient Near Eastern cultures (hello, Mesopotamians) and eventually Greece and eventually Rome and therefore probably ended up with them being pretty darned mixed in what skin colors folks had. Egypt had more trade with non-african cultures than it did African ones (though there are a couple of African cultures like the Nubians and some others).

There’s a reason that Ancient Egyptian religion and culture is usually lumped in with the ANE category.

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