Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This just came over the EEF list:

Martin Bernal, Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical
Civilization, Volume III: The Linguistic Evidence. Oct. '06


"This long-awaited third and final volume of the series is concerned with
the linguistic evidence that contradicts the Aryan Model of ancient Greece.
Bernal shows how nearly 40 percent of the Greek vocabulary has been
plausibly derived from two Afroasiatic languages-Ancient Egyptian and West
Semitic. He also reveals how these derivations are not limited to matters of
trade, but extended to the sophisticated language of politics, religion, and
philosophy. This evidence, according to Bernal, confirms the fact that in
Greece an Indo-European people was culturally dominated by speakers
of Ancient Egyptian and West Semitic."

The key word in the above is, of course, "plausible" which is really pretty meaningless.