Re: Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization,

From: dionysius_gl
Message: 44935
Date: 2006-06-11

you have to be a moron to believe this piece of crap. Ancient Greeks
were indo-europeans and pre-greeks had nothing to do with Phoenicians
or Egyptians. No pregreek word has semitic or hamitic origin, except
for some few words that appear to be loans. Other than that, notice
that the writer of that book says Black Athena, not African Athena,
which clearly shows that he's trying to promote a "philo-black" theory
that would "shake things up" according to his idiotic way of thinking.
Besides, it is clear that pre-indoeuropean greek was a matriarchical
society, and don't tell me that egyptians or phoenicians had
matriarchical societies. It is time that we stop dealing with stupid
propaganda from pseudoscientists and morons.

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> Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, Volume
> III: The Linguistic Evidence
> Could Greek philosophy be rooted in Egyptian thought? Is it possible
> that the Pythagorean theory was conceived on the shores of the Nile
> and the Euphrates rather than in ancient Greece? Could it be that
> Western civilization was born on the so-called Dark Continent? For
> almost two centuries, Western scholars have given little credence to
> the possibility of such scenarios.
> In Black Athena, an audacious three-volume series that strikes at the
> heart of today's most heated culture wars, Martin Bernal challenges
> Eurocentric attitudes by calling into question two of the
> longest-established explanations for the origins of classical
> civilization. The Aryan Model, which is current today, claims that
> 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 maintained in Classical Greece, held that the
> native population of Greece had initially been civilized by Egyptian
> and Phoenician colonists and that additional Near Eastern culture had
> been introduced to Greece by Greeks studying in Egypt and Southwest
> Asia. Moving beyond these prevailing models, Bernal proposes a Revised
> Ancient Model, which suggests that classical civilization in fact had
> deep roots in Afroasiatic cultures.
> This long-awaited third and final volume of the series is concerned
> with the linguistic evidence that contradicts the Aryan Model of
> ancient Greece. Bernal shows how nearly 40 percent of the Greek
> vocabulary has been plausibly derived from two Afroasiatic
> languages�Ancient Egyptian and West Semitic. He also reveals how these
> derivations are not limited to matters of trade, but extended to the
> sophisticatedlanguage of politics, religion, and philosophy. This
> evidence, according to Bernal, confirms the fact that in Greece an
> Indo-European people was culturally dominated by speakers of Ancient
> Egyptian and West Semitic.
> Provocative, passionate, and colossal in scope, this volume caps a
> thoughtful rewriting of history that has been stirring academic and
> political controversy since the publication of the first volume.