Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins Of Western Philosophy

Stolen Legacy: The Egyptian Origins Of Western Philosophy

by George G. M. James
     
 

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Western Philosophy and Civilization did not begin in ancient Greece, as is commonly assumed; many centuries before, the Ancient Egyptians began the very basis of Western European thought in Africa. With thorough research and the eye of a scholar, George James traces the evolution of Western and Hermetic philosophy in Egypt, and its migration to Europe through the… See more details below

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Western Philosophy and Civilization did not begin in ancient Greece, as is commonly assumed; many centuries before, the Ancient Egyptians began the very basis of Western European thought in Africa. With thorough research and the eye of a scholar, George James traces the evolution of Western and Hermetic philosophy in Egypt, and its migration to Europe through the Greeks.

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Sacred Fire
Stolen Legacy stands among the first scholarly works that have attempted to recover the "lost" history of early African civilization. George G. M. James was a professor of Latin, Greek, and mathematics. It was his interest in the roots of Greek philosophy and the seemingly "immaculate conception of Western civilization" that brought him to ask such questions as Who were the Greek scholars? Who were their teachers? How did what they learned fit into the contemporary Greek worldview? And, when James considered the fates of the greatest of them—Anaxagoras was imprisoned and exiled, Socrates executed, Plato sold into slavery, and Aristotle exiled—he wondered why they were considered to be undesirable citizens in their own land.

Could it be that Greek philosophers were so mistreated because they imported a foreign and therefore subversive worldview? For example, Pythagoras, the "father of geometry" and the first Greek philosopher, was purported to have traveled to Egypt. He settled in Italy and practiced a simple, communal life, the goal of which was to live in harmony with the divine. To that end, he prescribed a regimen of purification that included dietary restrictions and periods of silence and contemplation. He taught the kinship of all life and the immortality and transmigration of the soul.

Stolen Legacy argues that Greek philosophers were not the originators of Greek philosophy, but that they derived it from Egyptian priests. James posits that Greece during this period of "enlightenment" was, in fact, constantly engaged in war and internal conflict, creating an environment not conducive to the evolution of philosophy. He bluntly states that Greek philosophy was the off-spring of the Egyptian Mystery System and that the Egyptians educated the Greeks.

Upon its publication in 1954, Stolen Legacy was not well received; however, it has remained in print to this day as a controversial chronicle of the possible African origins of classical civilization. Even if you don't agree with all of James's conclusions, the questions he asks and the theories he asserts are fascinating to anyone interested in studying classical civilizations from an African-centered perspective.

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ISBN-13:
9781105376603
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
01/21/2013
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LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
595,766
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