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The first Ethiopians : the image of Africa and Africans in the early Mediterranean world, Malvern van Wyk Smith

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The first Ethiopians : the image of Africa and Africans in the early Mediterranean world
Title
The first Ethiopians
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the image of Africa and Africans in the early Mediterranean world
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Malvern van Wyk Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
The First Ethiopians explores the images of Africa and Africans that evolved in ancient Egypt, in classical Greece and imperial Rome, in the early Mediterranean world, and in the early domains of Christianity. Inspired by curiosity regarding the origins of racism in southern Africa, Malvern van Wyk Smith consulted a wide range of sources: from rock art to classical travel writing; from the pre-Dynastic African beginnings of Egyptian and Nubian civilisations to Greek and Roman perceptions of Africa; from Khoisan cultural expressions to early Christian conceptions of Africa and its people as {u2018}demonic{u2019}; from Aristotelian climatology to medieval cartography; and from the geo-linguistic history of Africa to the most recent revelations regarding the genome profile of the continent{u2019}s peoples. His research led to a startling proposition: Western racism has its roots in Africa itself, notably in late New Kingdom Egypt, as its ruling elites sought to distance Egyptian civilisation from its African origins. Kushite Nubians, founders of Napata and Meroë who, in the eighth century BCE, furnished the black rulers of the twenty-fifth Dynasty in Egypt, adopted and adapted such Dynastic discriminations in order to differentiate their own {u2018}superior{u2019} Meroitic civilisation from the world of {u2018}other Ethiopians{u2019}. In due course, archaic Greeks, who began to arrive in the Nile Delta in the seventh century BCE, internalised these distinctions in terms of Homer{u2019}s identification of {u2018}two Ethiopias{u2019}, an eastern and a western, to create a racialised (and racist) discourse of {u2018}worthy{u2019} and {u2018}savage Ethiopians{u2019}. Such conceptions would inspire virtually all subsequent Roman and early medieval thinking about Africa and Africans, and become foundational in European thought. The book concludes with a survey of the special place that Aksumite Ethiopia - later Abyssinia - has held in both European and African conceptual worlds as the site of {u2018}worthy Ethiopia{u2019}, as well as in the wider context of discourses of ethnicity and race
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Van Wyk Smith, Malvern
Dewey number
939.78
Index
index present
LC call number
DE73.2.E8
LC item number
V35 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Africans
  • Nubia
  • Ethiopia
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Africa
  • Africans in art
  • Africans in literature
  • Racism
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The first Ethiopians : the image of Africa and Africans in the early Mediterranean world, Malvern van Wyk Smith
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 09 May 2018)
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Ethiopia, Egypt and the matter of Africa -- Who were the Egyptians? -- The Egypt of Africa : African resonances in predynastic Egypt -- The Egypt of the rock artists -- Africa in Egypt : proto- and early-dynastic manifestations -- Africa in Egypt : dynastic responses -- Africa in Egypt : later dynastic encounters -- The first Ethiopians -- Ethiopians in the Greek and Ptolemaic world -- Ethiopians in the Roman world -- The "Ethiopia" of the early Christian world -- The "real" Ethiopians
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CR9781868146345
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1 online resource (xi, 528 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781868144990
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
Label
The first Ethiopians : the image of Africa and Africans in the early Mediterranean world, Malvern van Wyk Smith
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 09 May 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ethiopia, Egypt and the matter of Africa -- Who were the Egyptians? -- The Egypt of Africa : African resonances in predynastic Egypt -- The Egypt of the rock artists -- Africa in Egypt : proto- and early-dynastic manifestations -- Africa in Egypt : dynastic responses -- Africa in Egypt : later dynastic encounters -- The first Ethiopians -- Ethiopians in the Greek and Ptolemaic world -- Ethiopians in the Roman world -- The "Ethiopia" of the early Christian world -- The "real" Ethiopians
Control code
CR9781868146345
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 528 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781868144990
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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