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ISBN-13: 978-0807845554 ISBN-10: 0807845558 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Series;[jossey-Bass Education
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 2 edition (April 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807845558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807845554
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two classical scholars at Wellesley College have edited a collection of 20 articles, all attacking Martin Bernal's controversial interpretation of classical culture, Black Athena (Vol. 1, LJ 12/87; Vol 2, Rutgers Univ. Pr. 1991). The authors, experts in a variety of disciplines, including archaeology and linguistics as well as history and classics, criticize Bernal's two central contentions?that ancient Greek thought and culture derived largely from Egypt and that 19th-century scholars hid this fact for racist reasons. These arguments, claim Bernal's critics, are based largely on bad scholarship and ideological agendas. Given the technical nature of the essays, this is not appropriate for general readers, but it is essential for scholars in the field.?Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A thorough treatment . . . . Bernal can certainly not claim that his work has been unnoticed by academia.Jasper Griffin, "New York Review of Books"

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92 of 110 people found the following review helpful By John E. Carlson on June 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent collection of twelve essays by over twenty scholars in refutation of specific claims and theory presented in Martin Bernal's "Black Athena." Mary Lefnowitz, the editor of this book, wrote only the introduction.
The criticism of new theories by one's peers is a legitimate way of insuring excellence and truth in scholarly studies. This tradition is also our protection against specious claims, shoddy scholarship and half truths. These essays are written not by a single "racist" author but by several experts in various feilds of study including linguistics and science.
The cricism in these essays is neither outrageous nor particularly unusual -- and far from vitriolic. Naturally, though, even the most even-handed refutation will be met with anger by those who believe the understandable delusion that victimhood somehow puts one in direct contact with truth.
Skepticism and disputation are two of our cultures most important intellectual tools. The essays in this book are thoughtful, learned and erudite responses to inaccuracies and exaggerated claims. They are not, as some wish to believe, attempts to uphold the racist status quo. Rather, they are to protect scholarly studies from a new and insideous kind of racism.
It is always best to read as many sources as possible, provided that those sources are verifiable and that the priority is thurst for truth over political (or social) agenda. This collection is an excellent start for those interested in finding other authors and ideas about antiquity.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Ted on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am more of a medieval history fan, but this little controversy-want-to-be caught my attention. After reading Bernal's fiction, this book gave a refreshing take on scholarship. Various authors - thus various viewpoints- look at the evidence. Politics - or political correctness-is essentially ignored and this is quite refreshing to the reader. I urge you to read this book if only to learn how REAL scholars objectively study their work.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Theodor R on September 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book absolutely undermines the fallacies of Black Athena. Whenever someone lies, just throw the truth at them. It works everytime !
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
it renews my faith in the human race when someone like Ms. Lefkowitz has the courage to stand up for rational thinking and logic. In response to the review from the reader in Michigan, you think Ms. Lefkowitz is blinded by her passion and YOU'RE not??????
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Fred on September 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I like how people who did not read this book write in to trash it. This is typical of the hysteria: "We don't like our true history, our people have been suppressed, let's change history to raise our self-esteem."
Please. If you honestly go through each book and compare the same lines of argument/data, you can only conclude that Bernal is a fictional historian. It's that obvious. He surely became semi-famous in the process (coincidence?).
Let's start another conspiracy....
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Thoma on October 20, 2001
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If you want to read so-called scholarship based purely on politics, then by all means embrace Bernal. If you want to become semi-famous (or infamous) in the academic world by publishing fiction, read Bernal- he's your man. Just pick a topic that is politically correct and watch people too scared to criticise you!
Or, read this book and learn true scholarship. Enough said.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ted on September 18, 2001
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It was trully fun to read this book versus Bernal's. You feel Bernal really stretching the truth, unlike here where the research is evidence-based. That is true science. Bernal is pure politics, embraced by a politically-motivated minority.
Enjoy.
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123 of 159 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, ideology-free, cant-free, and most of all, well researched and scholary collection of essays on the "Black Athena" thesis of Martin Bernal: that Classical Western civilization originating in the city-states of Ancient Greece had in turn its origins in Black Africa, on the assumption that ancient Egypt was a "black" nation. Unbiased readers should note that no one of the eminently qualified essayists in this book makes the absurd claim that Classical Greek civilization "developed all by itself" as some hostile reviewers on this page have maintained, or that it had no Egyptian or Middle Eastern influences (the latter was more significant in the opinion of many). The contributors do convincingly refute Bernal's assertion that Greek civilization took its principal elements and foundation from Egypt, regardless of whether that nation was "black" (it wasn't in terms of being sub-Saharan Negro). And to answer the one reviewer from Iowa, we know enough about the ancient Egyptian language to know that it wasn't related to any of the sub-Saharan Black African Niger-Kordofanian languages anymore than it was related to Greek. Rather, it was distantly related to languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, and the North African Berber languages: none of those are black African languages.
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