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Whitewashing of The Ancient World: What are the consequences?

If I say Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? That’s the question a friend of mine asked me a few years ago. It took me a few seconds to imagine beautiful pure white statues of half-naked people with perfect bodies and muscles. That’s what most of us see when we think about those civilizations. These statues are used as inspiration by mainstream media and Hollywood when they make movies, books, and games about these ancient civilizations. We all remember the movie 300 with Gerald Butler and his spartan warriors who were fighting the Persian empire. Pure white men with perfect bodies. That is the image printed in our minds when we think about Ancient Greece. We have that idea of a pure white elitist civilization. The dream for all white supremacists. But what if I tell you, that it is a myth? We think like that because museums, mainstream media, Hollywood, video games created & promoted that image. When we go to museums we see statues made of pure white marble. And we unconsciously think that it is supposed to represent the skin color of these people. We naively believe that those statues have always looked like that, but we are wrong. Most of these artifacts were in fact painted in bright shades of brown, blue, red, yellow …

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