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Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.001.0001

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The Afterlives of Black Athena

The Afterlives of Black Athena

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African Athena

Robert J. C. Young

Oxford University Press

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

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