Paco’s Apology: On The Circumstantial Blackness Of Socrates (Episode I)

Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, the ‘black-ish’ appearance of Socrates was hella perplexing to many.

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neComposite illustration by STP Design (Paco Taylor)
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Facial reconstruction of Homo erectus georgicus skull #3 by Adrie and Alfons Kennis
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Illustration from Types of Mankind (1854), in which authors Josiah Clark Nott and George Robins Gliddon claimed that black folks were genetically closer to chimps than to Eurocentrism’s revered “Greeks.”
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Ancient published photo of the marble statuette of Socrates acquired by the British Museum in 1925; “Hellenistic original of the 2nd Century B.C. (or Roman copy),” said to have come from Alexandria, Egypt.

The Problem Of Socrates

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Socrates and Diotima. Bronze relief from Pompeii, first century B.C. Naples, Museo Nazionale.

Vaguely Negroid

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Bust of a young Greek athlete, 4th Century B.C. Source: “Decorative Masks of the Ancient Drama” by R. Geare. Arts & Decoration, Volume 6 (January, 1916)
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Hung Like A Horse

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Drawing of satyr mask from an ancient necropolis in Samos. Source: Aus ionischen und italischen Nekropolen: Ausgrabungen und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der nachmykenischen griechischen Kunst (From Ionic and Italic necropolises; excavations and examinations on the history of post-Mycenae Greek art), Johannes Boehlau (1898)
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Drawing of an old period vase decoration of a young satyr with an old Silenos on his back and a third satyr running behind pulling his tail. Source: Catalogue of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Vases by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Edward Robinson (1893)
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Writes about Eastern and Western pop culture, history and art | Bylines @ Nextshark, G-Fan Magazine, The Beat & CBR (Comic Book Resources) | stpaco@gmail.com

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