Black Athena: The Linguistic Evidence

Martin Bernal


may well Greek philosophy be rooted in Egyptian notion? Is it attainable that the Pythagorean idea used to be conceived at the seashores of the Nile and the Euphrates instead of in historical Greece? may it's that a lot of Western civilization used to be shaped at the “Dark Continent”? for nearly centuries, Western students have given little credence to the potential for such situations. In Black Athena, an audacious three-volume sequence that moves on the center of today's such a lot heated tradition wars, Martin Bernal demanding situations Eurocentric attitudes by means of calling into query of the longest-established causes for the origins of classical civilization. to take advantage of his phrases, the Aryan version, that's present at the present time, claims that Greek tradition arose because the results of the conquest from the north by means of Indo-European audio system, or “Aryans,” of the local “pre-Hellenes.” the traditional version, which was once maintained in Classical Greece, held that the local inhabitants of Greece had before everything been civilized through Egyptian and Phoenician colonists and that extra close to jap tradition have been brought to Greece by way of Greeks learning in Egypt and Southwest Asia. relocating past those triumphing types, Bernal proposes a Revised historic version, which implies that classical civilization in truth had deep roots in Afroasiatic cultures. This long-awaited 3rd and ultimate quantity of the sequence is anxious with the linguistic facts that contradicts the Aryan version of historic Greece. Bernal indicates how approximately forty percentage of the Greek vocabulary has been plausibly derived from Afroasiatic languages—Ancient Egyptian and West Semitic. He additionally unearths how those derivations aren't constrained to concerns of exchange, yet prolonged to the subtle language of politics, faith, and philosophy. This facts, in line with Bernal, enormously strengthens the speculation that during Greece an Indo-European–speaking inhabitants was once culturally ruled by means of historical Egyptian and West Semitic audio system Provocative, passionate, and immense in scope, this quantity caps a considerate rewriting of background that has been stirring educational and political controversy because the e-book of the 1st quantity.

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