filmfixed asked: Just make sure you make a clear distinction between the Roman Empire and Roman Kingdom or Roman Republic. People under Roman hegemony from foundation to around 3rd Century BC would have been almost (99%) exclusively Italian. Also for that time period only Romans had citizenship, Italian allies, conquered territories within Italy did not have citizenship for another 200 years. After the second Punic War thus acquisition of land and on into Empire, Rome would become more and more multicultural.
Uh oh, I’m not making a clear distinction. Someone call the History Police.
WHY does everyone think that the when you start a new “period” in History OR Art History in Europe, you’re automatically reset to 100% White People!
Periodization is not a racial reset button.
And like, the people who send messages to tell me that “3rd Century Roman York has nothing to do with Medieval!!!!”
Because apparently between the 3rd and 5th centuries, someone hit the racial reset button in England. Good to know.
If you squint, you could read their words to mean that all POC who were living in the Roman Kingdom & Republic prior to 3rd Century BCE had been there so long that they did indeed consider themselves “exclusively Italian.” But that’s probably giving them too much benefit of the doubt.
Well, people of color in Europe have been cast by modern historians as perpetual foreigners no matter HOW far back you go. :|
Everyone is quite welcome to try and guess the race of those…i believe…human figures. Although according to new discoveries, the [European]* gene for light skin in our species only evolved about 7,000 years ago, so we can probably assume they were not white.