By Alton Hornsby Jr.
A better half to African American background is a suite of unique and authoritative essays prepared thematically and topically, overlaying quite a lot of topics from the 17th century to the current day.
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Cheesman 1914: 70, 86–96; cf. Collingwood 1923: 13; Webster 1998: 89) For Britain, the possibilities for Africans are witnessed in the broadest sense in the service of auxiliary units, two of which included the Moorish numerus stationed at Burgh by Sands, and a Thracian cohort raised in Africa, which also served in Britain (Webster 1998: 150; Edwards 1990: 2). The rise of the knightly class – the equites – continued with the establishment of the Equites Singulares Imperatoris. These were modeled on and recruited from auxiliary cavalry units.
These would include three regular legions and a contingent of roughly 25,000 to 30,000 auxilii (Cheesman  1975: 52; Collingwood 1923: 21). Cheesman offers the possibility that by the second century Roman auxiliary strength was approximately 280,000 men, of which there were 21 African regiments with 44 provincial postings. Of these 21, Mauretania alone provided two regiments which totaled 15,000 men. Extrapolating from these ﬁgures, it can be speculated that Africans made up 10–25 percent of Rome’s military auxiliary forces at any given time of the Empire (Cheesman  1975: 52–6; Collingwood 1923: 21).
We trace the ancestry of Danae, the daughter Acrisius, we ﬁnd that the Dorian chieftains are genuine Egyptians. This is the accepted Greek version of the Spartan royal house. (Herodotus) Snowden and Hansberry emphasize an essential point concerning this interaction. It is, in their minds, indisputably African (Hansberry 1974, 1981; Snowden 1970, 1983; Keita 2000a). They dismiss the dispute over the “African-ness” or blackness of Egypt, and therefore Africa’s inﬂuence on Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean basin, and greater Europe, to favor Ethiopia as the font of it all.