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African Athena: New Agendas

Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon


The appearance of Martin Bernal's Black Athena: The Afro-Asian Roots of Classical Civilization in 1987 sparked intense debate and controversy in Africa, Europe, and North America. His detailed genealogy of the ‘fabrication of Greece’ and his claims for the influence of ancient African and Near Eastern cultures on the making of classical Greece, questioned many intellectuals' assumptions about the nature of ancient history. The transportation of enslaved African persons into Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, brought African and diasporic African people into contact in significant numbers ... More

Keywords: Martin Bernal, Africa, Europe, North America, Near Eastern cultures, classical Greece, African diaspora, Euro-African constructions

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595006
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Orrells, editor
Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick

Gurminder K. Bhambra, editor
Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Warwick

Tessa Roynon, editor
Tutor in English, University of Oxford

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Daniel Orrells, Gurminder K. Bhambra, and Tessa Roynon

Part I Myths and Historiographies, Ancient and Modern

2 Black Apollo?

Patrice D. Rankine

4 Black Minerva

Margaret Malamud

5 Black Athena before Black Athena

Kenneth W. Goings and Eugene O'Connor

Part II Classical Diaspora, Diasporic Classics

11 In the House of Libya

V. Y. Mudimbe

19 Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy

Astrid Van Weyenberg


Martin Bernal


Daniel Orrells, K. Bhambra Gurminder, and Tessa Roynon

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