The Etruscans: The Black People at the root of the Roman civilization

Rome was the greatest civilization of the European antiquity and probably the world’s most powerful empire in its time. Before its advent 2300 years ago, the Etruscan people’s civilization existed for 5 centuries in Italy. Etruscans called themselves Rasana. Although the Etruscan origins of the Roman civilization are, more or less, officially acknowledged by Europe, the West is reluctant to state the main fact; that the Etruscans were unquestionably Blacks and of African culture.

Vase depicting a young Etruscan man in the 4th century B.C.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If they have not yet done so, the readers should learn about the black characteristics of the ancient Egyptians in order to understand what we will say here; as well as the African origin of the first inhabitants of the whole Asia, including the Phoenicians, and finally about the African origin of the first inhabitants of Europe and the subsequent appearance of the white man in the north of the continent.


Written elements

According to European historians of antiquity, the Etruscans were of Greek-Turkish origin. Herodotus said about them that they migrated from Lydia (Turkey) shortly before the Battle of Troy, which is said to have taken place in the 12th century BC.

Dionysus of Halicarnassus, taking up the account of Hellanicos of Lesbos, gives a Pelasgian – i.e. initial Greek – origin to the Etruscans. 2000 years ago, he wrote in Roman Antiquities, Book I, XXVIII, 3: “The Tyrrhenians (Etruscans), who were formerly called Pelasgians (first inhabitants of Greece), received their present name after settling in Italy. (…) Phrastor was the son of Pelasgos (…) king (of the Pelasgians) (…) his son was called Amyntor, Amyntor’s son was Teutamides, and the son of the latter was Nanas. During his reign the Pelasgians were driven out of their country by the Greeks, and after abandoning their ships at the spine-like mouth in the Ionian Gulf (southern Italy), they took Crotone, a city in the countryside; and from there they colonized the country that is now called Tyrrhenia.”

We recall that both Turkey and Greece, like the entire Mediterranean basin without exception, were initially populated by Blacks, before the arrival of the Whites from the north.

2700 years ago, Greek author Asios of Samos said the following about the Pelasgians, first inhabitants of continental Greece and ancestors of the Etruscans: “And the Black Land produced Pelasgos (King of the Pelasgians) [1]. Black Land/Black Country is the original name of Africa, Kemet/Kama in ancient Egyptian. Asios of Samos suggests that the Pelasgians were Black. They also practiced matriarchy, an African cultural trait.

Blacks in Ancient Greece
The sculptures respectively date back to the 5th and 2nd/3rd centuries BC.
The Pelasgians were still great in number, even after the arrival of the Whites.
Walters Art Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Arts
This black presence was influential up to the level of religion. Here is Zeus at the center of the picture, the supreme God of the Greeks. Note that it is a color truly wanted by the authors, since they knew how to represent white people at that time.
Illustration of the 6th century BC.
British Museum

Therefore, part of the Pelasgians are believed to have been chased away by the white invasions coming from the north of Europe. These white invasions went as far as southern Greece more than 3000 years ago, putting an end to the black Minoan civilization. That’s how the Pelasgians ended up in Italy.

Osteological evidence

We are displaying this picture again, which we used to demonstrate that the Phoenician civilization of Carthage in Tunisia was black, and also that the Minoan civilization – the first civilization in the history of Europe – was black as well. On the left, the typical skull of a Black man: Long head from front to rear (dolichocephaly), short face from top to bottom, jaw pushed forward (prognathism), flat nose bone (platyrhinia). On the right the White – European or Semitic – has a short head from front to rear (brachycephaly), long face from top to bottom, long nose bone (aquiline), jaw aligned with the forehead (orthognathism).

In 1978, Italian anthropologist Mario Cappieri published his results of the analysis of Etruscan skulls in La composition ethnique de la population italienne. L’ethnie etrusque (The Racial Compositions of the Italian Population), page 307 “The Etruscans have a particularly aquiline nose (15.7%) (…) a long face (16.3%), an orthognathic face (5.5%)”. When we read Cappieri, we understand that he is trying to cloud the issue while describing a minority of Whites among the Etruscans. Do the 15% aquiline noses mean that there were 85% of flat noses, therefore black? Do the 16% long faces imply there are 84% of short faces, thus black? Are the 5% orthognatic faces to be compared to 95% of prognathic ones, which means black? This is what is clearly stated in other studies.

In The Early Age of Greece, vol 2, published in 1931, William Ridgeway wrote on page 248 “Sergi, followed by Ripley (…), holds that, as about one quarter of the skulls found in the Etruscan graves are brachycephalic, whilst the remainder (3/4) are dolichocephalic“.

Professor Calori said in 1876 in Etruscan Bologna: A Study “Etruscan dolichocephalic skulls (…) are distinguished by (…) more frequent prognathism”.

Finally, in 2001, Western Michigan University in the United States went as far as conducting statistical comparative analyses between 84 Etruscan skulls and 70 skulls of present-day white Italians. It was concluded as follows: “our statistical analysis does not support the presence of a link (between Etruscans and present-day Italians)”.

The Etruscans therefore had the skulls of black humans. They were dolichocephalic and prognathic like the Africans.

Young Etruscan man
4th century BC
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Genetic elements

In 2013 in Plos One, Silvia Ghirotto et al. published genetic analyses on the Etruscans. They are indeed the ancestors of the peoples of Tuscany in present-day Italy. The study also determines that they left Turkey probably 7600 years ago. Herodotus was therefore wrong about situating this departure during the Battle of Troy 3200 years ago.

We recall that 7600 years ago, there were only Blacks in Turkey. The white man being born a century earlier, 7700 years ago, he had certainly not yet descended to southern Eurasia. This being the case, further studies will be needed to inform us about the genetic links between Etruscans and Pelasgians, ancient Egyptians and present-day sub-Saharan Africans.

Furthermore, the Etruscan language is not an Indo-European language and Western linguists do not know how to classify it. It is therefore up to African linguists to compare it with African languages, in order to highlight all the common features it possibly shares with the languages of the black continent.

All the above leads us to affirm that the Etruscans, the first great civilizers of Italy and the people at the origin of the Roman civilization, were black Africans who passed through Asia (Turkey) and later settled in Greece. From Greece they fled, driven out by the white invasions, to arrive in Italy. They continuously enriched their knowledge there, through their contacts with the Egyptians and Phoenicians.

The Etruscan civilization

On the left present-day Italy; on the right Etruria, the territory of the Etruscans from the 8th century BC, which extended from the southwest of the peninsula to the north. Corsica too, French territory today, was an Etruscan territory.
On the right, in double-circled dots, the 12 large Etruscan cities can be seen. Rome was originally a minor city.
It is worth mentioning that Greeks called Etruscans “Tyrrhenes” or “Tyrrhenians” and their country Tyrrhenia, hence the name Tyrrhenian Sea. The Romans called them Tusci or Etruschi (hence their Etruscan name). Tusci is the origin of Tuscany, the name of a region in present-day Italy where the Etruscans lived.

The African religion of the Etruscans

For the Etruscans, the world was governed by a Divine Energy, which acted daily through its male and female manifestations; manifestations with which Humans could come into contact. The Etruscans practiced the cult of the ancestors, placing their dead in sarcophagi with rich material and placing the coffin in a funerary chamber decorated with murals.

The Etruscan religion thus takes up the foundations of the African Spirituality, namely a single God who is an active energy, dualistic through his-her masculine and feminine aspects. Africans consider that the human being, endowed with a fragment of divine energy, survives through this energy after death, to go on with his-her life in the world of the ancestors. That’s why until the last century, among the Bassa people of Cameroon or Madagascar, the dead were still buried with their everyday objects. Of course, the Etruscans’ sarcophagi and burial chambers reflect the Egyptian influence. All these rites are contrary to the white world, where the dead are traditionally cremated.

Etruscan mural painting; Lions’ tomb
Lions’ tomb
The men comfortably lying belong to the ruling class
On the left, double-sided mask with an Etruscan on the right and Hercules on the left (4th century BC, Vatican Museum)
On the right an Etruscan man with a laurel wreath. This is therefore a ruler (Vase preserved in Germany)
Etruscan murals
Etruscan dancer
Original representation on the left, bleached on the right to hide the black nature of the Etruscans. There are many available images that have been bleached.


Stemming from the African matriarchal tradition, Etruscans gave an important status to women in their society. Women were equal to men, including at the spiritual level as stated above. Women held high administrative and religious positions. A child was named after the father and mother.

Etruscan women were educated and free, participating in the most important debates and festivities. This contrasts with the traditionally patriarchal and misogynistic white world. Europeans only began to address the problem in the 20th century while passing on patriarchy and its problems to Africans during colonization.

Like in Africa, Etruscans were sedentary and based their society on agricultural activities. They were divided into independent City-States – of which there were 12 main ones – but were fully aware of their common identity. So, the representatives of the 12 met every year. It was the Etruscans who founded the city of Rome in 753 BC.

Mural painting of the tomb known as Francois. We see Etruscans dressed as the Romans later would. Ruler Vel Satie on the left, who built the tomb for his powerful family, is wearing a laurel wreath, an attribute of the Roman emperors.
5th century BC
An Etruscan king of Rome
Tarquinius dynasty 
The fan held by the servant is identical to the ceremonial fan of the Pharaohs of Egypt. It is still used for the popes today. 

The knowledge of the Etruscans

Cheikh Anta Diop tells us in Nations Nègres et Culture, page 179 “It was the Etruscans who brought all the elements of the Egyptian civilization to the Italic peninsula: agriculture, arts, religion, divinatory art.” This means that it was the Etruscans who civilized Italy in general, and that the Etruscan culture is quite simply at the origin, the result of the implantation of the Pharaonic culture in Italy.

The Etruscan writing comes from the Greek writing. As we know that Etruscans were probably of Greek origin, we can say that they came to Italy with this system and made it evolve. As for the Greek writing, we remind that it originated from the Egyptians and was introduced in Europe by the Phoenicians.

The Etruscan alphabet had 26 letters as today with the Latin script, and already had “A”, “B”, “C” “I”, “m”, “n”, “O”, “S”, “T”, which have remained unchanged until today.

Etruscan writing

Influenced by the Phoenicians, the greatest navigators of antiquity, the Etruscans had acquired the techniques of navigation on the high seas and exchanged with the peoples of the Mediterranean, the Egyptians in particular, from whom they learned the essentials.

The Etruscan architecture obviously has its origins in Egypt. You can see the columns on the reconstruction of this large Etruscan temple of 60 m x 60 m. This concept of columns, which we find in the famous Acropolis in Greece, was introduced in Europe by the Egyptians. We find it all the way to the United States today. The arrangement of the columns in this temple is very reminiscent of the hypostyle hall of the Holy of Holies of the African religious heritage: the temple of Imana/Amen (God) in Karnak, Egypt. The fact that Etruscans profusely colored the walls of their temples is still reminiscent of Egypt.
Building in London, UK, erected in the 17th century replicating Etruscan designs
Here the interior of an Etruscan burial chamber is photographed. From the columns to the murals, the Egyptian influence is absolutely obvious.
The Etruscans also liked to party a lot. Here we see them on this fresco of the so-called Leopard Tomb, lying down to eat, drink and feast. As far as we know until today, this way of celebrating was very appreciated by the Romans. It is therefore the Blacks who are at its origin.

It should therefore be said from all of the above that like Greece, the Etruscan civilization was of Egyptian-Phoenician origin.

The destruction of the Etruscans and the birth of the Roman civilization

Always in a north-south movement, the white people, in a barbaric state of warlike and patriarchal culture, had arrived in Italy in waves and were in contact with the Etruscans. The Etruscans initially succeeded in keeping them under their tutelage. The Whites learned everything from the Blacks, before destroying them. Thus, after many wars, they put an end to the Etruscan monarchy in the city of Rome and founded a republic there in 509 BC. Rome took its true dimension around 300 BC. The Etruscans were finally overpowered around 200 BC, absorbed by the expansion of this power from Rome. The Etruscan language disappeared soon after.

Cheikh Anta Diop continues in Nations Nègres et Cultures, page 179 and says: “The Romans assimilated the substance of that civilization when they destroyed the Etruscans, while eliminating the elements which were the most unknown to their patriarchal Eurasian conception. Thus, after the transition period of the Tarquins, the last Etruscan Kings, the black matriarchy was completely rejected.” Then, the Roman civilization appeared as an Etruscan civilization “reviewed and corrected” by the patriarchal mores of the Romans.

The Romans engaged in an actual elimination of the Etruscans and anything that could remind of them. Carthage and Egypt practically suffered the same fate. The Europeans have been proceeding this way until today, notably by annihilating the African civilizations at the beginning of their slave raids, and by completely erasing the Africans, civilizers of humanity, from the civilizational history of humanity.

The Romans continued and developed the Etruscan knowledge, in particular their writing, their architecture, their way of celebrating. The Roman religion with its gods (Jupiter, Apollo, Mercury, Venus, etc.) is a copy of the pantheon of the Greek gods. The pantheon of the Greek gods is also a copy of the pantheon of the Egyptian gods.

Later on, the Romans plagiarized the cult of the virgin Isis Mari, mother of the divine child Horus – introduced in Europe by the Egyptians around the 7th century BC – to officially invent Christianity in 325 under Emperor Constantine. They also took from the Egyptians the 365-day and 12-month calendar, as it is used today.

The Roman civilization, the largest of European antiquity, was therefore of black Egyptian-Etruscan origin. Whereas the republican system is indeed an invention of the white Romans, the rest of Rome’s lasting legacy bequeathed to the world, namely the Latin script, Christianity, the calendar and its architecture, are all of black origin. Present-day Italians, like all the peoples of the Mediterranean, are thus a mixt of Whites and Blacks. They are precisely a mixt of Phoenicians, Etruscans and Moors. That is why they are less white than northern Europeans.

Finally, we remember the racist attacks – against the Italian footballer of Ghanaian descent Mario Balotelli. To justify their attacks many Italians argue that you cannot be Italian and Black. This is clearly not true!

Italy’s civilizers


PS: The calendar was actually introduced in Italy by the Etruscans. It was a 10-month lunar calendar. The solar calendar of 365 days and 12 months, of Egyptian origin, was adopted by the Vatican and spread across the whole Europe in the 16th century, then to most of the world.

  • Nations Nègres et Culture, Cheikh Anta Diop
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Les racines africaines de la civilisation européenne (The African roots of the European civilisation), Jean Philippe Omotunde
  • Reading the Past: Ancient Writing from Cuneiform to the Alphabet, J.T. Hooker
  • [1] Les racines africaines de la civilisation européenne (The African roots of the European civilisation), , Jean Philippe Omotunde, page 104.


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