- Series: Library of Classical Studies
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: I.B.Tauris (December 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784534951
- ISBN-13: 978-1784534950
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and Activism (Library of Classical Studies)
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'This is the book that historians of classical reception in America have been awaiting for decades. The first book regarding African Americans' relationship with the Greco-Roman classics that spans the first century and a half of the United States, its meticulous research and clear writing set the bar high for all future studies. The author of Ancient Rome and Modern America has written another classic'. - Carl J. Richard, Professor of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 'Malamud adds to our understanding of the vital, enduring influence of classical literature on the American experience with particular attention to abolitionist thought and the intellectual aspirations of African Americans of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her sensitive account acknowledges the ethical and political challenges involved in the African American pursuit of classical knowledge. Of particular interest is her insight into the role Egypt played in opening up ways to celebrate African identity'. - Joy Connolly, Provost and Professor of Classics, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, 'This wonderful book offers an insightful account of African American engagement with classical Greece and Rome. As the author says, readers will be startled by the breadth and intensity of the engagement with Classics among African Americans. The classical texts were used in struggles over abolition, racism, and civil rights as well as in a variety of other contexts. Margaret Malamud's knowledge of the material is precise and impressive, her prose lucid and hard-hitting. She shows how much there is to learn from the role that Classics has played in African American history and culture.' - Phiroze Vasunia, Professor of Greek, University College London
About the Author
Margaret Malamud is Professor of Ancient History and Islamic Studies at New Mexico State University, where she is also the S.P. and Margaret Manasse Research Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is author of the acclaimed book Ancient Rome and Modern America (2009) and her articles have appeared in the scholarly collections African Athena (2012) and Ancient Slavery and Abolition (2011).(2016-03-24)