Africa: The History of Africa Magazine shared a glimpse of history on social media. While sharing the update, the Facebook page titled it AFRICA: THE ROOT OF GREEK ENLIGHTENMENT.
The post informed that “…The very same people we are enslaving and at war within Haiti and Martinique and Saint Lucia and Tobago are the very descendants of the people who built the Pyramids, and we are copying all their works.” – Napoleon Bonaparte (in the Ruins of Empires).
It added that “No group can enslave another for centuries without coming up with a notion of superiority… and when the colour and other physical traits of those peoples are quite different. It was inevitable that the prejudice should take a racist form.” – Walter Rodney (How Europe Underdeveloped Africa).
As per the post by the social media page, the world knew no racialism until Western Europe placed it into the consciousness of the world (Prof John Henrik Clarke). This was in the 15th century CE, beginning with the papal bull (Romanus Pontifex), written by Pope Nicholas V in 1455 CE. For before western Europe entered into history in the 1st century CE, when Rome conquered the Barbarian tribes of western Europe(Anglo Saxons- Brits today, Goths, Vandals, Lombards-Germanic tribes, Ostrogoths-Balkan tribes, Varangians-some Russ and Scandinavians, Franks-French people etc). Mediterranean civilization of Greece and Rome consisted of Africans and Mediterranean groups such as the Etruscans.
Furthermore it stated that the roots of the Greek enlightenment were in Africa, around the Nile. St Clement of Alexandria once wrote, “If a book of a thousand pages can be written, it won’t contain the number of Greeks who came to study in Kemet.” These Greeks included Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, who studied in Waset, as named by the indigenous Africans, which was later changed to Thebbe by the Greeks when they invaded and the present Arabs, who took over the land of Kemet from the indigenous people in the 7th centuary. CE called it Luxor. All these Philosophers did not complete their studies before they went back to Athens. It took about 40 years to complete an education in Ancient Kemet. A learner commenced at age seven and completed at the age of forty. They came as adults but never got through.
It also mentioned that Socrates (Deme Alopece, 470BC-399BC) returned to Athens and was accused of ‘impiety as well as corrupting the young’. After a trial of one day, he was sentenced to death in Athens because of the mysterious knowledge that he came back with. The known bust of Socrates, housed in the Louvre, was not done during his lifetime, as was also indicated by the curators. It was supposedly meant to depict the philosopher. The image above was the exact statuette of him during his lifetime.