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Traditional Eurocentric thought assumes that Greece was the origin of civilization. This book dispels this and other myths by showing that there is a body of knowledge that preceded Greek philosophy. The author documents how the great pyramids were built in 2800 B.C., 2,100 years before Greek civilization. The popular myth of Hippocrates being the father of medicine is dispelled by the fact that Hippocrates studied the works of Imhotep, the true father of medicine, and mentioned his name in his Hippocratic oath. Eleven famous African scholars who preceded Greek philosophers are profiled: Ptahhotep, Kagemni, Duauf, Amenhotep, Amenemope, Imhotep, Amenemhat, Merikare, Sehotepibre, Khunanup, and Akhenaten. These scholars' ideas on a variety of topics are discussed, including the emergence of science and reason, the moral order, books and education, and the clash of classes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780913543665
ISBN-10: 0913543667
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 139mm x 13mm)
Pages: 175
Imprint: African American Images
Publisher: African American Images
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Molefi K. Asante

Molefi Asante, a professor of African American studies at Temple University, created the first African American studies department offering a doctorate degree. He has written over 30 books, including The Egyptian Philosophers and Afrocentricity. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ama Mazama is a professor of African American studies at Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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