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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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(p.174) 10 The Afterlives of Black Athena
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African Athena
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Robert J. C. Young

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595006.003.0011

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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