Myths of Black Romans in Britain

by John Bean

Early this month the BBC again became the centre of a controversy over its latest cartoon to ‘educate’ schoolchildren about life in Roman Britain. A main figure in this latest BBC brainwashing exercise was a high-ranking black soldier in its depiction of a  “typical Roman family”.

Winifred Mary Beard, OBE is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, Britain

 Into the arena to defend the BBC against many criticisms on Twitter stepped Professor Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge and also a  Professor of Ancient Literature.  She said the cartoon was “indeed pretty accurate”, adding that “there’s plenty of firm evidence for ethnic diversity in Roman  Britain”.

She was on BBC’s Question Time in 2013 and 2015  where she led the argument for increasing immigration  (including  non-European). Going back to 2001 she indicated that she thought that the Islamic inspired destruction of the Twin Towers and the murder of several thousand people was “payback time” for some of the injustices America had inspired against Arab people.  No wonder one of her fiercest critics in the latest Roman controversy was a US-Lebanese economist, Nassim Nicholas Taleb,  who described her as a  member of the “politically correct Gestapo”. He claimed that “scholarship is dead in the UK.” A further indication of Professor Beard’s political beliefs  which appears to have influenced  her historical studies is that in July 2015 she publicly endorsed the Marxist Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to lead the Labour Party.

I am not a misogynist who hates women and therefore I condemn those twitterers who indulged in anti-feminist attacks on her, including the Professor’s lack of make-up and no attempts to hide her grey hair. That is her choice.   But I will attack her twisting of her historical knowledge in order to make it conform to her dedicated political stance. She has played a prominent part in warping the social-political actions of at least two generations of  our university students.

The ‘African’ Roman Emperor

 History students of today  are taught that Septimius Severus (AD 145-211) was the first African emperor of Rome.  This came about because the fertile strip of the African continent that lies north of the Sahara desert and stretches from modern day Morocco to Libya was officially referred to in Roman times as the “African Colony”. Thus, if you were born in that Roman colony you could be called an “African”. Our interest in Severus  was that he took up arms against the Caledonians in AD 208 after they overran Hadrian’s Wall. He was cremated in Eboracum (modern-day York), then the capital of Roman Britain.

Severus was born in Leptis Magna, Rome’s main settlement in what is now the east of Libya that adjoins Tunis and is the site of Roman Carthage, the first settlement there in 146 BC. I am sure that Professor Beard must have known that Severus’s great-grandfather, Septimius Macer , from a distinguished Berber family, was born nearby. ( from the work of A.R.Birling “Septimius Severus  the African Emperor”, published 1999).  The mother of  Severus himself was of direct descent of an ancient  Rome-based Roman clan.  The Berbers lived in North Africa for at least 2,000 years before the arrival of Arabs or any sub-Saharan  black Africans and are described as more akin to modern Spaniards or Sicilians.  A glance at the photo of a marble bust of Septimius Severus, reproduced here from a Wikipedia report, shows that he is about as black as I am!

The Severan Tondo, c. 199, Severus, Julia Domna, Caracalla and Geta, whose face is erased.

Following her abuse on twitter Professor Beard wrote a blog post in which she explained that she thought the BBC cartoon character was loosely based on Quintus Lollius Urbicus, a man from what is now Algeria, who became governor of Britain around AD 139. Making her plea that Britain under Roman rule became “culturally and ethnically diverse”, she then mentions Quintus Lollius Urbicus who had met  Severus on Hadrian’s Wall.  She tells us he was an Ethiopian. They are quite black you know. Actually he was born of a Berber family in Tiddis, near Numidia in what is modern-day Algeria! She is a top historian who surely knew that this was nowhere near African Ethiopia. Was it a rushed statement under stress on her part, or was it done deliberately because she thought that most  UK readers would think that Numidia sounds  like a place name somewhere south of the Sudan. I leave it up to my readers to judge.

Inventiveness and Black History

 What we are seeing is a part of the ‘long march through the institutions ‘ inaugurated by the Marxist Frankfurt school to maintain their constant onslaught on western culture. The compulsory teaching of black history in British and American schools is an important sector of this attack. In the UK pupils are taught about the slave trade and the British Empire to “help them understand modern-day issues such as immigration”. The objective here is that by devious means it can be shown that if you oppose mass immigration into 21st century Britain you somehow support the abomination of slavery and also condone the killing of Jews in WW2. Although children are now being taught about the achievements of several minor black people from history, Winston Churchill is now omitted from the list of figures that must be studied.  How the history of WW2 and the British Empire can be taught without mentioning Winston Churchill beggars belief.



6 thoughts on “Myths of Black Romans in Britain


  2. The false stories that become myth’s , that are put out to brainwash our people by the education people are only matched by our awful media. The coverage of the peaceful rally and speeches , to defend the statue of my beloved Robert E. Lee was DISGUSTING AND FALSE. Beloved ? YES. BUT THAT IS A STOREY FOR ANOTHER DAY ! Anyway , if you are at a rally and a man , black or commie , gets off a bus from ninety miles away ( it is a nice area ) and ATTACKS YOU WITH A STICK , ARE YOU ENTITLED TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND COME PREPARED TO DO SO , KNOWING YOU WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HOLD YOUR DEMOCRATICALLY ALLOWED EVENT ? YES , OF COURSE YOU ARE ! The usually excellent sky news have just described the event in Virginia as ‘ the violent rally held by the KKK and white Nationalists ! They then GLEEFULY GLOATED THAT THE ORGANISER HAD BEEN ‘ CHASED OFF FROM GIVING AN INTERVIEW TO THE PRESS ! This obviously proves WHERE THE VIOLENCE COMES FROM ! I AM EQUALLY DISGUSTED AT HOW THE WHOLE LEFTY MEDIA LAYED INTO DONALD TRUMP , THEIR PRESIDENT , FOR CONDEMNING BOTH SIDES ! JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW AND WE SHOULD ALL BE LIVID. It is starting to get like that , here in Britain. Would Sky news talk this way if a CONSERVATIVE PARTY RALLY AND PRESS INTERVIEW HAD BEEN ATTACKED BY VIOLENT BLACK PEOPLE AND COMMUNISTS ? I rest my case.

  3. Well it does not surprise me one bit. As my Irish Granny used to say so often -about people who talked a lot of blarney,or would say whatever suited them at the time- Shur, that fella would say Mass…

    Mass being, of course the church service which Catholics attended every Sunday, and if you did not, you may have asked who said Mass today ? ie which priest.

    Winnifred’s intentions are good, I’m sure, and these days that seems count more than the actual facts.

  4. I strongly recommend all our people to make sure they have Sky News , Euro News and Fox news from the U.S.A. . Without getting to much into it , suffice to say that if you have access to these you will Know what is happening in the World. I listen to ALL DONALD TRUMP’S SPEECHES. Anyway I was SHocked to hear a commentator called Tucker , he brilliantly humiliates Lefties , CASUALLY SAY THAT IT WAS AMERICA WHO ENDED SLAVERY IN THE WORLD ! Millions of People believe this stuff. Particularly Lefty Students. For their benefit WE can tell you that SLAVERY WAS OFFICIALLY ENDED BY THE GREATEST TRADING EMPIRE THE WORLD HAD EVER SEEN. This massive trading nation did a lot of good in the World , bringing Peace and Prosperity to WARRING AND STARVING PEOPLES and has since been much maligned by People who falsely RE-WRITE HISTORY. Oh yes , the name of this Country and Empire from the Past ? GREAT BRITAIN AND IT’S BRITISH EMPIRE .

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