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Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization; Volume II: The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence (reprint, 1991).

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Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization; Volume II: The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence (reprint, 1991)

Martin Bernal

Rutgers University Press

2020

879 pages

$44.95

Rutgers University Press Classics

DF78

In a three-volume foray into today's culture wars, Bernal challenges Eurocentric attitudes by calling into question conventional explanations for the origins of classical civilization. This second volume presents the archaeological and documentary evidence for contacts between Egypt and the Levant and the Aegean during the Bronze Age, supplemented by information from later Greek myths, legends, religious cults, and language. Among his topics are Crete before the palaces 7000-2100 BC; Egypt's influence on Boiotia and the Peloponnese during the third millennium: the archaeological evidence; Sesostris: the archaeological and documentary evidence for the Greek accounts of his conquest; the Thera eruption: from the Aegean to China; Egyptian and Levantine contacts with the Aegean 1550-1250 BC: the archaeological evidence; and the heroic end to the Heroic Age: the fall of Thebes, Troy, and Mycenae 1250-1150. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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