This article was published ages ago and the motive was to say an apparent historical children’s cartoon was wrong for including a black-appearing Roman.

I’m a writer not an historian, yet I know from reading the classics that not all Romans were white.

You are just a mentally deranged racist. I very much doubt any living human thousands of years ago cared whether a man’s skin was dark, his nose a certain shape, or a woman had a certain color of skin or eyes. Or rather, they looked at the beauty each had or heroism or lack thereof another had. I always understood Hannibal to have been a North African black man. Do you think North Africans are “not African” or East Africans “not African”? Do you differentiate people by darkness of pigmentation or nose width?

I’m pretty certain that the ancients were not such weird freaks as to harass total strangers about fine points of where pictures do or do not come from that clearly show not every Roman looked anything like the typical BBC miniseries stereotype or Richard Burton.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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