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Was Heracles black
By Andre Austin

What did Homer say about Heracles

“And I caught sight of mighty Heracles
(that is to say, his shade…)

Like birds that scatter everywhere in terror;
And he (Heracles) , like dark night, gripping his bare bow
And with an arrow on his bowstring”-Odyssey 11:605

From Allen Mandelbaum translation

Other translations say:

“He came on, like dark night”-Richard Lattimore translation

I do not know where Hercules was born in the Illiad Homer states:

“I loved Semele and Alkmene in Thebes,
When Alkmene bore me a son, Herakles the strong-hearted” Illiad 14:320

Two cities were called Thebes one in Greece and the original one in Egypt. Additional evidence say that Hercules grandmother Andromeda was daughter of a King of Ethiopia says ancient writer Apollodorus. So Hercules was part Ethiopian and Egyptian. The Roman poet Ovid called Andromeda black.

The grandfather of History is Herodotus and he calls Hercules from Egypt to be the original and oldest of all. Egyptologist think Hercules was a composite figure of Egyptian Kings like Sesotris who was called mighty and had ancestors from Ethiopia and may have been the Biblical Nimrod.

It seems to me that when Hollywood makes a movie for kids they do little research to be anywhere near the truth.
Posted By: Dr. Okpara Nosakhere
Monday, May 10th 2010 at 10:57AM
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The possibility of Hercules being African makes a lot of sense to me and probably more than likely he was of African ancestry in some way. Its too bad that Hollywood is about making money rather than being historically accurate, eh!

Monday, May 10th 2010 at 2:50PM
Jen Fad
We must keep in mind that all of these stories are based on African and Greek mythology. The region of Ethiopia is known as the birth place of human kind. So the oldest stories of our life will come from there. Based on DNA and Archeological findings, It is very rational to think and accept that all religions and belief systems of today have their historical and spiritual roots in Africa, created by Ethiopian people for its people. The images of the Gods reflect who they are and the culture in which they live. The Gods were black because they were black.
Tuesday, May 11th 2010 at 9:54PM
Dr. Okpara Nosakhere
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