Were the Greeks blond and blue-eyed?

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This piece has been chosen for my collection The Fair Race’s Darkest Hour. It has also been merged within a single entry.

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  1. Achilles was referred to as “golden” a thousand times in the Illiad. All I can remember is “Swift footed Achilles” or “Golden Achilles”. The prejudice against Nordics has been internalized by the whole culture.

  2. Didn’t know there was a conflict between people with different eye colors? Is there?

    Anyway, I have some good news and I have some bad news for you.

    The good news first.
    All human and probably all mammal’s irises are blue. This is a fact. Google it, check it out any way you want. Why then do we see so many different eye colors on white people? Because in front of the iris is a thin area that may or may not contain melanine. The amount of melanine defines the eye color to an outside observer. It is like a natural layer of sun glasses. Zero melanine allows for the iris to be seen as it is, blue. A slight amount makes the eyes look green, some more amount light brown, etc all the way to eyes that seem entirely black, which can look pretty scary.

    And now for the bad news.
    When the ancient Greeks described their heroes they weren’t being factual. It does not mean they were liars, but merely that factual body features, like color of hair and eyes were subordinated to the ideals of those times and also to the sense of wonder the bards wanted to transmit to their listeners (all those remarkable stories were told to people, not read by them).

    Greek sculptures do not depict people as they were, but in the way the ancient Greeks thought they should look like, they were idealized. In the same manner, the hair color of various gods and heroes was ideally the most unusual one, blond, to make them different and special compared to ordinary people. A fictive figure shouldn’t look plain. Let’s make him tall, muscular, brave and blond. Btw, it is a mistake to imagine that blondism is an exclusively Northern European feature. It is not. But it is more prevalent in the North than in the South.

    So, sorry guys, the ancient Greeks weren’t of Nordic blood. They were pretty much the same people they are today.

    Do, just for fun, study the relative length of the legs of those statues and drawings and compare them to the relative length of legs of an Englishman, like say Jimmy Page, or American of the same stock, say Clint Eastwood. You will notice that the relative leg length of the Greek statue is shorter and also much better corresponding to a modern Greek than to a North European.

    Do the same comparative study of other features, like the width and length of the face, and you will see that not one single feature of those statues resembles much a North European, but instead resembles a modern day Greek or South European.

    Some features will be identical between North and South, but there are many such identical features anyway.

    I have encountered modern swarthy Greeks married to Northern Europeans and their offspring is usually more Northern than Southern looking, including blue eyes and fair hair. I guess, if you root for the North that may be good news.


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