The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization. In it, he argued that the bulk of Greek philosophy and culture did not originate in the Aegean peninsula.
An archaic Greek Kouros from Thebes in the so-called Orientalizing style. Bernal rejects the theory that Greek civilization was founded by Indo-European settlers from Central Europe; that theory which Bernal calls the Aryan model became generally accepted during the 19th century.
Bernal defends instead what he calls the Ancient model; the name refers to the fact that both Egyptian and Phoenician influences on the Greek world were widely accepted in Antiquity. Bernal discusses Aeschylus 's play The Suppliantswhich describes the arrival in Argos from Egypt of the Danaids, daughters of Danaus.
Cadmus was believed to have introduced the Phoenician alphabet to Greece. Herodotus also mentions Eastern influences. Plutarch attacked Herodotus' view that the Greeks had learned from barbarians. Admiration for Egypt was widespread in the Hellenistic and Roman civilizations, especially in the Neoplatonic school.
Hermeticism was based on writings attributed to Egyptian Hermes Trismegistusthe so-called Hermetica or Hermetic corpus. It was demonstrated in that the Hermetic corpus was not very ancient at all and originated in late antiquity, though more recent scholarship has established that parts of it do probably have a Pharaonic origin.
Casaubon's textual analysis partly discredited the Hermetic corpus, but Bernal maintained that respect for Ancient Egypt survived and contributed to the Enlightenment in the 18th century.
The Freemasons are particularly relevant. Bernal traces thus the influence from the Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians to the Ancient Greeks, and a tradition of acknowledgement of those links from Antiquity to the Enlightenment.
Bernal uses linguistic evidence to support his claim of a link between Ancient Greece and earlier Egyptians and Phoenicians civilizations. The Classical Greek language arose from the Proto-Greek language with influences from the Anatolian languages that were spoken nearby, and the culture is assumed to have developed from a comparable amalgamation of elements.
However, Bernal emphasizes African elements in Ancient Near Eastern culture and denounces the alleged Eurocentrism of 19th and 20th century research, including the very slogan "Ex Oriente Lux" of Orientalists which, according to Bernal, betrays "the Western appropriation of ancient Near Eastern culture for the sake of its own development" p.
Bernal proposes instead that Greek evolved from the contact between an Indo-European language and culturally influential Egyptian and Semitic languages. Bernal places the introduction of the Greek alphabet unattested before BC between and BC, and the poet Hesiod in the tenth century.
The ideologies of classical scholarship[ edit ] The first volume of Black Athena describes in detail Bernal's views on how the Ancient model acknowledging Egyptian and Phoenician influences on Greece came under attack during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Bernal concentrates on four interrelated forces: Greek was seen as a sacred Christian tongue which Protestants could plausibly claim was more Christian than Latin. Many French students of Ancient Greece in the 17th century were brought up as Huguenots.
The idea of progress.Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, its three volumes first published in , , and respectively, is a controversial scholarly work by Martin Bernal. He discusses ancient Greece in a new light. Bernal's thesis discusses the perception of ancient Greece in.
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Martin Bernal's 'Black Athena' has evoked three kinds of reaction: scholarly evaluation of the historical evidence for Bernal's claims, both of Ancient Europe's indebtedness to West Asia and.
In Black Athena Writes Back Martin Bernal responds to the passionate debates set off by the publication of his book Black Athena. Producing a shock wave of reaction from scholars, Black Athena argued that the development of Greek civilization was heavily influenced by Afroasiatic civilizations/5(22).
The publication of the first volume of Martin Bernal’s Black Athena in shook the very foundations of the classical world to its historical and archaeological underpinnings.
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