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The Children of the Sun- Asia - 3

Out from the river Nile there go a thousand channels which carry fertility  to all Egypt, and this distribution of its water is the practical value  of the NIle with which the agriculture is concerned; yet it is no foolish curosity that makes us ask what far distant lakes and branches contribute to produce that Nile. So the historian of civilizationwill not be satisfied to study Greece itself, and follow the course of its national development from Solon to Pericles and the Parthenon, and thence follow the dividing stream of its influence all over the modern world; but he will ask what went before its recorded history, what combination of forces it was that gave impulse to the Hellenic people, what were the crude juices out of which the Greek ferment made wine.

Inasmuch as we inherit our civilization from Greece, when we ask what was the history, and what the art, of the Egyptians, the Babylonians, or the Hittites, we we are asking of our own genealogical descent, and trying to trace our own intellectual ancestry back, not simply to the Greeks, but to those less gifted peoples whose imperfect civilization was the necessary condition of Greek development and accomplishment. in our search for our conclusions as to the race, language, history, and art of the Hitties, we have to go to five sources-the Hebrew scripture, the Egyptian monuments, the assyrian monuments, the Vannic monuments and the monuments of the Hittites themselves. The ancestor, Heth, was the son of Canaan  who was the son of Ham. This makes them belong to the genealogical stock of the Cushites.

It would not do to neglect the Phonecians. it is fortunate for civilization that the chosen people failed to rid the coast of Syria of the race of Canaanites who held it, because this race became the most dauntless colonists and mariners of the ancient world. They were the first who turned their frail ships to the mercy of unknown seas, and, under the Greek name of Phonecians, explored the known world. In the words of Bosworth Smith, " It was they, who, at a period antecedent to all contemporary historical records, introduced written characters, the foundation of all high intellectual development, into that country which was destined to carry intellectual culture to the highest point which humanity has yet reached.

 

It was they who learned to steer their ships by the sure help of the Polar Star, while the Greeks still depended upon the Great Bear; it was they who rounded the cape of storms, and earned the best right to call it the Cape of Good Hope 2'000 years before Vasca de Gama. Their ships returned to their native shores bringing with them sandal wood from malabar, spices from Arabia, fine linen from Egypt, Ostrich plumes from the Sahara. Cyprus gave them its copper . Elba its iron, the coast of the Black sea its manufactured steel. Silver they brought from Spain, gold from the Niger, tin from the Scilly Isles and amber from the Baltic."

And who are they? Historians might have accepted the legend that their country was settled by Canaanites, descendants of Ham, and let it go at that; but they were not satisfied to do so. In their desperate efforsts to take every shred of glory from the African race, they claimed that they were Semites. The results of archeology tinto turn their pitiful efforts into something of a joke. many sarcophagi have been recovered and all reveal the same African features. An official description of the sarcophagus of Esmunazar II., King of Sidon, and one of Phoenica's great historical rulers, reads "The features are Egyptian,with large full almond shaped eyes, the nose flattened and the lips remarkably thick and somewhat after the negro mold.And who are they?

Historians might have accepted the legend that their country was settled by Canaanites, descendants of Ham, and let it go at that; but they were not satisfied to do so. In their desperate efforsts to take every shred of glory from the African race, they claimed that they were Semites. The results of archeology tinto turn their pitiful efforts into something of a joke. many sarcophagi have been recovered and all reveal the same African features. An official description of the sarcophagus of Esmunazar II., King of Sidon, and one of Phoenica's great historical rulers, reads "The features are Egyptian, with large full almond shaped eyes, the nose flattened and the lips remarkably thick and somewhat after the negro mold. 

The whole countenance is smiling, agreeable and expressive beyond anything I have ever seen in the disinterred monuments, of Egypt or Ninevah." I leave it to you, gentle reader, if Aryan or Semite ever looked like that. Phonecian's greatest colony was carthage. " No native orator whose writings have come down to us, has sung of the origin of Carthage, or of her romantic voyages; no native orator has described, in glowing periods we can still read, the splendor of her buildings and the opulence of her native princes; no native annalists have preserved the story of her long rivalry with the Greeks and Etruscans, and no African philosopher has moralized upon the stability of her institutions or the cause of her fall."

The whole countenance is smiling, agreeable and expressive beyond anything I have ever seen in the disinterred monuments, of Egypt or Ninevah." I leave it to you, gentle reader, if Aryan or Semite ever looked like that. Phonecian's greatest colony was carthage. " No native orator whose writings have come down to us, has sung of the origin of Carthage, or of her romantic voyages; no native orator has described, in glowing periods we can still read, the splendor of her buildings and the opulence of her native princes; no native annalists have preserved the story of her long rivalry with the Greeks and Etruscans, and no African philosopher has moralized upon the stability of her institutions or the cause of her fall." (Bosworth Smith.)

And yet, what one of us but has heard the name of Carthage? The love of Dido is classic forever; Hanno's name is secure as one of the world's earliest and greatest navigators;(Bosworth Smith.) And yet, what one of us but has heard the name of Carthage? The love of Dido is classic forever; Hanno's name is secure as one of the world's earliest and greatest navigators; ; and Hannibal, we cannot think of Carthage unless we think of him. Search all the pages of human history and choose a conqueror who is worthy of a place beside this black general!.; and Hannibal, we cannot think of Carthage unless we think of him. Search all the pages of human history and choose a conqueror who is worthy of a place beside this black general!.

Reference: Children Of The Sun: George Wells Parker

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