- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- 1 Believing in Ethiopians
- 2 Black Apollo?
- 3 Greece, India, and Race among the Victorians
- 4 Black Minerva
- 5 Black Athena before <i>Black Athena</i>
- 6 ‘Ethiopia shall stretch forth her hands unto God’
- 7 Between Exodus and Egypt
- 8 Beyond Culture Wars
- 9 Egyptian Athena, African Egypt, Egyptian Africa
- 10 The Afterlives of <i>Black Athena</i>
- 11 In the House of Libya
- 12 Hellenism, Nationalism, Hybridity
- 13 The Idea of Africa in Lucan
- 14 Was Black Beautiful in Vandal Africa?
- 15 Identifying Authority
- 16 John Barclay's ‘Camella’ Poems
- 17 ‘Lay in Egypt's lap each borrowed crown’
- 18 ‘Not Equatorial black, not Mediterranean white’
- 19 Wole Soyinka's Yoruba Tragedy
- 20 Mythopoeia in the Struggle against Slavery, Racism, and Exclusive Afrocentrism
- 21 Dislocating Black Classicism
- 22 The Africanness of Classicism in the Work of Toni Morrison
- (p.398) Afterword
- African Athena
- Oxford University Press
This afterword is an autobiographical survey or analysis of the background to the three volume series Black Athena. It treats the author's earlier concerns with cultural contacts between Europe and China and colonialism in Central Africa. It also considers the extent to which these interests prefigured the Black Athena project. There is a short description of his work linking the disappearance of Phoenicians to the appearance of Jews, in which the argument is made that the genetic component of the Jewish community has been exaggerated and the importance of conversion underplayed. The piece concludes with an investigation of the precipitation or provocation of the project by the author's close associations with student and faculty followers of the conservative philosopher Leo Strauss.
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