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    DescriptionThis volume is the second in a projected four-part series concerned with the competition between two historical models for the origins of Greek civilization. The model current today is the Aryan Model, according to which Greek culture arose as the result of the conquest from the north by Indo-European speakers or "Aryans" of the native "pre-Hellenes." The Ancient Model, which was the model maintained in Classical Greece, held that the native population of Greece had initially been civilized by Egyptian and Phoenician colonists and that more Near Eastern culture had been introduced to Greece by Greeks studying in Egypt and Southwest Asia. In these and later volumes, Martin Bernal proposes a Revised Ancient Model. According to this, the Indo-European aspects of Greek language and culture should be recognized as fundamental and the considerable non-Indo-European elements should be seen largely as Egyptian and Levantine additions to this basis. Volume II is concerned with the archaeological and documentary evidence for contacts between Egypt and the Levant on the one hand and the Aegean on the other, during the Bronze Age from c. 3400 B.C. to c. 1100 B.C. These approaches are supplemented by information from later Greek myths, legends, religious cults, and language. The author concludes that contact between the two regions was far more extensive and influential than is generally believed. In the introduction to this volume, Bernal also responds to some reviews and criticisms of Volume I of Black Athena. Martin Bernal is Professor of Government at Cornell University.


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    Title
    Black Athena: the Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, Volume 2
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Bernal
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 736
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 1,021 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780813515847
    ISBN 10: 081351584X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    DC21: 938
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS042000
    DC22: 949.5
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: DF78.B398
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DF78 .B398 1987
    Thema V1.0: JBSL, NHTB
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Rutgers University Press
    Imprint name
    Rutgers University Press
    Publication date
    01 July 1991
    Publication City/Country
    New Brunswick NJ
    Back cover copy
    What is classical about Classical civilization? In one of the most audacious works of scholarship ever written, Martin Bernal challenges the whole basis 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.