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Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history, Mary Lefkowitz

Label
Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history
Title
Not out of Africa
Title remainder
how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history
Statement of responsibility
Mary Lefkowitz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilization to the Africans? Hardly a week goes by when an article does not appear in a newspaper or magazine by an Afrocentrist writer making such allegations. But so far, no one has responded fully to these Afrocentrist claims or explained why these strange ideas are being circulated, and indeed taught, in American schools and universities. Not Out of Africa is the first book to refute these spurious claims. Mary Lefkowitz examines the ancient evidence and shows how it was misunderstood both in antiquity and in modern time. She explains how we know that Socrates and Cleopatra were Greeks and that Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers did not steal their ideas from Egyptian sources. Lefkowitz, a distinguished classicist, demonstrates that there has been no modern conspiracy among scholars to conceal the debt of Greece to Egypt and that some of the misconceptions arise form the ancient Greeks' own misunderstanding of Egyptian religions. Not Out of Africa explains why revisionist histories of the ancient world are being written now - and perhaps always will be. Modern Afrocentric writers are following a long-established pattern in which peoples, particularly if they regard themselves as having been deprived of a history, seem keen to acquire a glorious past. Lefkowitz explains how the notion that Greek religion and philosophy were derived from Egypt was preserved in the ritual and mythology of Freemasonry, and how extreme Afrocentrists came to allege that what they supposed to be an Egyptian legacy was not just borrowed but actually stolen by the ancient Greeks. This book will be of interest to everyone who cares about the ancient world and its traditions, and to all who believe that our civilization has preserved some of the Greeks' best traditions, such as democratic government, freedom of speech, learning, and discussion
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
960/.07
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DT14
LC item number
.L44 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
A new republic book
Label
Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history, Mary Lefkowitz
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0830/95049109-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A New republic book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-213) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Myths of African origins -- Ancient myths of cultural dependency -- The myth of the Egyptian mystery system -- The myth of the stolen legacy -- Conclusion
Control code
179411
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 222 p.
Isbn
9780465098378
Lccn
95049109
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm33818868
  • (OCoLC)33818868
Label
Not out of Africa : how Afrocentrism became an excuse to teach myth as history, Mary Lefkowitz
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0830/95049109-d.html
Publication
Note
"A New republic book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-213) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Myths of African origins -- Ancient myths of cultural dependency -- The myth of the Egyptian mystery system -- The myth of the stolen legacy -- Conclusion
Control code
179411
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 222 p.
Isbn
9780465098378
Lccn
95049109
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm33818868
  • (OCoLC)33818868

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