The Afterlives of <i>Black Athena</i>

Robert J. C. Young

in African Athena

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595006
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731464 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

The Afterlives of Black Athena

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One of the most distinctive characteristics of Martin Bernal's Black Athena is the extent to which the books have continuing effects for critical analysis across a range of different intellectual fields. In this essay, three are examined: the use of ancient Egypt in American ethnographic racial theory in the nineteenth century; the reconstruction of the Mediterranean as a place of cultural interchange and crossings rather than of geographical and civilizational separation; and the extent to which modern Greek nationalism has concurred in largely erasing all traces of its Ottoman and ‘non‐European’ past.

Keywords: ancient Egypt; racial theory; Mediterranean; cultural interchange; Greek nationalism; ethnic cleansing

Chapter.  5588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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