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Black Women in Antiquity

by Ivan Van Sertima (Editor)

Other authors: John Henrik Clarke (Contributor), Charles S. Finch (Contributor), Rosalind Jeffries (Contributor), Eloise McKinney-Johnson (Contributor), Runoko Rashidi (Contributor)6 more, Sonia Sanchez (Contributor), Edward Scobie (Contributor), Virginia Spottswood Simon (Contributor), Larry Williams (Contributor), Diedre Wimby (Contributor), Camile Yarbrough (Contributor)

Series: Journal of African Civilizations (volume 6)

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This unique volume provides an overview of the black queens, madonnas, and goddesses who dominated the history and imagination of ancient times. The authors have concentrated on Ethiopia and Egypt because the documents of the Nile Valley are voluminous compared to the sketchier records in other parts of Africa, but also because the imagination of the world, not just that of Africa, was haunted by these women. They are just as prominent a feature of European mythology as of African reality. The book is divided into three parts: Ethiopia and Egyptian Queens and Goddesses; Black Women in Ancient Art; and Conquerors and Courtesans. This second edition contains two new chapters, one on Hypatia and women's rights in ancient Egypt, and the other on the diffusion into Europe of Isis, the African goddess of Nile Valley civilizations.… (more)
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Van Sertima, IvanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, John HenrikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finch, Charles S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jeffries, RosalindContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKinney-Johnson, EloiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rashidi, RunokoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanchez, SoniaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scobie, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simon, Virginia SpottswoodContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, LarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wimby, DiedreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yarbrough, CamileContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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This unique volume provides an overview of the black queens, madonnas, and goddesses who dominated the history and imagination of ancient times. The authors have concentrated on Ethiopia and Egypt because the documents of the Nile Valley are voluminous compared to the sketchier records in other parts of Africa, but also because the imagination of the world, not just that of Africa, was haunted by these women. They are just as prominent a feature of European mythology as of African reality. The book is divided into three parts: Ethiopia and Egyptian Queens and Goddesses; Black Women in Ancient Art; and Conquerors and Courtesans. This second edition contains two new chapters, one on Hypatia and women's rights in ancient Egypt, and the other on the diffusion into Europe of Isis, the African goddess of Nile Valley civilizations.

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