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While writing about the crying Aphrodite I had already discovered that the name for Caryatides was toponymal, a naming after a place; and they for sure did not represent women punished for giving aid to the enemy during the Greek wars. What struck me this time as I revisited, was their stature. Elegant, straight and tall they epitomized the Korai. 

I had already made the connection between these maidens and the goddesses, so to see them as Korai wasn’t a stretch. Then I remembered their location, over the tomb of Cercrops, founder of Athens. Depending on the source Cercrops is either native born or an immigrant from the shores of North Africa. In recalling their placement, their identity as Korai seemed at least to me, definite – which means there could be a mistake made in naming due to pronunciation, Karye versus Korai. It could also be the case of intentional substitution. In any case, on return from this digression I again looked at their countenance, backtracked to look at earlier Korai statues and discovered what I believe to be the connection between the Korai and the works of Praxiteles.  It has to do with of all things, a smile.

Imagine attempting to explain the American Civil War excluding the presence of African American slaves. It would be possible, but doing so would require extraordinary discipline, a bewildering ability to compartmentalize, and a fantastic aptitude for formulating half-truths. I know I have used this example before in my work, but it fits the situation so aptly it’s hard to use any other. Scholarship concerning ancient Greece faces the same corundum; explaining events and conflicts without acknowledging ethnic strife between Caucasian Greeks and a native population with a history of cultural unity with Black Africa; this is particularly the case during the 6th 7th and 8th centuries BC.

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