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Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (Volume 2: The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence) Paperback – June 1, 1991


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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081351584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813515847
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on August 21, 2002
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Martin Bernal had an opportunity to write a book which would change our view of the classical world. Two of his premises, today, are unarguable: academics in the 19th century and before created a canonical Ancient Greece which never existed to justify their beliefs in European cultural superiority; the real Hellas was part of a larger world, the Greeks borrowed a lot from Babylon, Phonecia, Egypt, Persia, and so on. Ancient writers never hid this. One can read Herodotus and discover how he credits these "barbarians" with important ideas and innovations.
Bernal, it seems, succombed to political correctness and wrote a silly book instead. Why "black" Athena? Why emphasize Africa over Asia when Egypt, by this time, had become a province of larger empires? The readers of Bernal's book might be surprised to discover that he's not the father of "afrocentrism" some portray. The intelligent Bernal wants to win credit for the cultures in Asia and Africa which were part of this large Ancient world.
Bernal the polemicist, sadly, never leaves the kooky world of the late 20th century. There was no such thing as "Africa" in the ancient world in the way we currently understand it. The politicization of race is a modern phenomenon (even if most Eygptians were "black", which is dubious, they weren't racially conscience and didn't have ties to central Africa). Lastly the Greeks did not "steal" everything. It's impossible to write an intelligent history of this period without examining how the Greeks invented some ideas, borrowed some others, and out of this synthesis created something new.
The library of Alexandria was a Greek library. There was no Egyptian library in Athens. Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle and conquored the known world. The Byzantines spoke Greek.
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By Florida windsurfer on May 13, 2014
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Brave enough to explore unknown area of history with vast knowledge based upon extensive research and imaginative analysis. Hyksos invasion to Crete is an intriguing argument, but it somehow contradicts history as Egyptians treated Crete people as if the most favored people. Egyptians in the Middle Kingdom hated Hyksos, invaders, and wiped out their historical records. Another thing I question is his statement that Egyptians were seagoing people. They did not have trees to make ocean crossing ships. Phoenicians sold trees grown in Lebanon mountain to Egyptians for centuries. However, it is not deniable that archaeological evidences in Crete show both Egyptian and, perhaps, Phoenician influences. This is the mystery.
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By Jose M. Pellicer on March 5, 2014
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Interesting but to much information and little really new. A book good to remember but the connections with the classics are not clear,
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Good for it's research. Could have been written in a better format. Dull as a door nail, but worth the reference.
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By MC on December 4, 2014
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A must read for those wanting to know MORE about our Western roots. The "rest of the story."
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By Kristin Ohman on November 17, 2014
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Required reading for anyone interested in classical history.
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Revisiting this book after some years, and find more than ever that it is impossible not to find a page where assertion after assertion is unaccompanied by hard evidence. Instead, possibility and perception are offered as support. More than ever it seems like a politically motivated book whose Procrustean arguments crumble when examined by Lefkowitz and others, including the late Black classicist Frank Snowden. See the "Reception" note in Wiki for a bibliography, and see A K Jawash's essay "Black Hellas?" (2013) especially the footnotes on the "Aryan Model," which reveal Bernal to be indebted almost entirely to secondary sources, and all favorable to his thesis. This is a book that aims to destroy, not build, and Rutgers ought to be ashamed for publishing it.
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31 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
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Although all avenues of historical research should be investigated (where reasonable leads exist), this is truely an endeavor in historical revisionism, hence unmatched except by the late Soviet scholasticship of claiming every invention from flight to democracy.
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