Black Athena: The linguistic evidence

Black Athena: The linguistic evidence

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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 sophisticated language 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.I see a problem with this view in that, given Platoa#39;s favorable view of Egypt, an Egyptian origin would enhance rather than diminish his new a€œdiscipline. ... For the Corpus Hermeticum and its early transmission see Vol. 1, 130a€“50. For the image of Gnosticism, see Elukin (2002, 620). ... pharaohs and the passage from the Odyssey (4: 561a€“70) in which the Egyptian seer Proteus assures Menelaus that he willanbsp;...

Title:Black Athena: The linguistic evidence
Author:Martin Bernal
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 1987


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