And despite all this industry among anthropologists, ethnologists and the like, there is yet no agreement on the classification of races.Where one anthropologist finds three racial types, another can spot thirty-three without the least difficulty.Deniker, in 1900, presented to the world a very imposing system of race classification.He conceived of the human species existing in the form of six grand divisions, seventeen divisions and twenty-nine races.Wells ends his chapter on The Early Empires with the following remarks: “No less an authority than Sir Flinders Petrie gives countenance to the idea that there was some very early connection between Colchis (the country to the south of the Caucasus) and prehistoric Egypt. 31, and Count Volney’s Travels in Egypt and Syria, Vol. The one race is of course the white race, and particularly that branch of said race known as the Nordic or Aryan.
Blumenback, in 1775, added a fifth type, the Ocieanic or brown race.Theories are more precious to some scholars than facts, even when the facts flatly contradict their theories. Froebenious, the great German anthropologist, has examined the ruins of ancient cultures in southern, eastern and western Africa, of an antiquity rivaling those of Egypt and Sumer. The newspaper generally report these discoveries as startling and unexpected. In Greek mythology we read of the great Ethiopian king, Cepheus, whose fame was so great that he and his family were immortalized in the stars.They tell us that nobody ever dreamed that these ancient nations ever existed. The wife of King Cepheus was Queen Cassiopeia, and his daughter, Princess Andromeda.This classification is still used in some grammar school Geographies, where the races of man are tabulated as: Ethiopian (black), Caucasian (white), American (red), Mongolian (yellow) and Malayan (brown).During the year 1 800, the French naturalist, Cuvier, announced the hypothesis that all ethnic types were traceable to Ham, Chem and Japhet, the three sons of Noah.