Not Out of Africa
How "Afrocentrism" Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History
By (author) Mary R. Lefkowitz
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Not Out of Africa by Mary R. Lefkowitz
Book DescriptionNot Out of Africa has sparked widespread debate over the teaching of revisionist history in schools and colleges. Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilizaiton to the Africans? Mary Lefkowitz explains why politically motivated histories of the ancient world are being written and shows how Afrocentrist claims blatantly contradict the historical evidence. Not Out of Africa is an important book that protects and argues for the necessity of historical truths and standards in cultural education.For this new paperback edition, Mary Lefkowitz has written an epilogue in which she responds to her critics and offers topics for further discussion. She has also added supplementary notes, a bibliography with suggestions for further reading, and a glossary of names.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465098385
(204mm x 135mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 19-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mary R. Lefkowitz
Lives of the Greek Poets, Paperback (May 2012)
Completely revised and rewritten, the second edition of the ground-breaking "The Lives of the Greek Poets" describes how ancient biographies of poets were inspired by the poets' own works and were meant to be understood as historical fiction.
History Lesson, Paperback (April 2009)
Describes what it is like to experience directly the power of both postmodernism and compensatory politics. This work offers personal insights into issues of academic values and political correctness, and suggests solutions for the divisive and painful problems that arise when a political agenda takes precedence over objective scholarship.
Women in Greek Myth, Paperback (August 2007)» View all books by Mary R. Lefkowitz
Shows that what Greek men both feared and valued in women was not their sexuality but their intelligence. This work includes six chapters on such topics as heroic women in Greek epic, seduction and rape in Greek myth, and the parts played by women in ancient rites and festivals.
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Author Biography - Mary R. Lefkowitz
Mary Lefkowitz is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College. She is the author of many books on ancient Greece and Rome, including Lives of the Greek Poets and Women in Greek Myth, as well as articles for the Wall Street Journal and the New Republic. She is the coeditor of Women's Life in Greece and Rome and Black Athena Revisited.
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