Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization Volume I Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization Volume I

Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization Volume I

The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785-1985

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Winner of the 1990 American Book Award

What is classical about Classical civilization? In one of the most audacious works of scholarship ever written, Martin Bernal challenges the foundation of our thinking about this question. Classical civilization, he argues, has deep roots in Afroasiatic cultures. But these Afroasiatic influences have been systematically ignored, denied or suppressed since the eighteenth century—chiefly for racist reasons.

The popular view is that Greek civilization was the result of the conquest of a sophisticated but weak native population by vigorous Indo-European speakers—Aryans—from the North. But the Classical Greeks, Bernal argues, knew nothing of this “Aryan model.” They did not see their institutions as original, but as derived from the East and from Egypt in particular.

In an unprecedented tour de force, Bernal links a wide range of areas and disciplines—drama, poetry, myth, theological controversy, esoteric religion, philosophy, biography, language, historical narrative, and the emergence of “modern scholarship.”

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2020
February 14
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
728
Pages
PUBLISHER
Rutgers University Press
SELLER
Chicago Distribution Center
SIZE
12.4
MB

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