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1.0 out of 5 stars LIES, April 17, 2008
This review is from: Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization: The Linguistic Evidence, Vol. 3 (Hardcover)
One brief example: Aristotle could not possibly have stolen his ideas from the library at Alexandria as claimed, since he died before the library was even built.

But of course fans of this book and its author don't care about the truth.

Point that out and the name-calling begins.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2008 1:06:37 PM PDT
Kamenwati says:
You haven't read Bernal's work otherwise you wouldn't make such a stupid comment. Bernal never makes that claim. You're just parroting the usual right-wing drivel.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 10:06:33 AM PDT
Snow Leopard says:
Please provide me the page number where Bernal makes this claim. Thank you.

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 7:52:04 PM PST
kamenwati and Snow Leopard,
You are both correct. Jawbone is just Jawjacking. Bernal has never made such as claim.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 10:00:24 PM PST
Snow Leopard says:
In fact, Bernal specifically mentions this silly claim in his response to Lefkowitz's embittered attack on Black Athena 1 and 2. I'm not sure if he is emphasizing a piece of sloppiness on Lefkowitz's part or citing an error in someone else's work. Or maybe Lefkowitz is just making things up because she has nothing else.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 5:44:50 AM PDT
J. D Morrow says:
Nice title for your review.

You do spread lies

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 1:35:53 PM PDT
A little Googling told me these things... Aristotle lived between 384 and 322 BCE. The library at Alexandria was either destroyed by Cesar in 48 BCE, or by Aurelian in 291 CE. A daughter library of the rescued books was destroyed in 391 CE. I think that means that Aristotle was alive when the library was around.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 9:33:47 AM PDT
jawbone says:
I believe your dates for Aristotle's life are correct. Your dates for the libraries' destructions should be AD, not BCE, although that doesn't matter for this dis cussion. What DOES matter is that you've omitted the dates of the library's opening. It was not even conceived until either the reign of Ptolemy I Soter (323-283 BC) or the reign of his son Ptolemy II (283-246 BC). So at the very earliest, Ptolemy I just started thinking about creating the library in the last year of Aristotle's life.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 9:52:42 PM PST
John Nava says:
A factual error, not necessarily a lie.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2014 9:57:00 PM PST
John Nava says:
Kamen, why is it necessarily right wing??? Bernal was an expert on China and Vietnam--NOT Africa or Arabia. The book was originally criticized for its weakness of historiography and linguistics.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 4:44:16 PM PDT
Celeste says:
the library they are referring to is not the one built during the Ptolemy dynasty. It's the ones during Egyptian reign, royal libraries housed in temples, those are libraries he ransacked. Aristotle, Platos and Socrates all studied in Egypt.
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